\ ˈsälv How to pronounce solve (audio) , ˈsȯlv\
solved; solving

Definition of solve

transitive verb

1 : to find a solution, explanation, or answer for solve a problem solved the crime
2 : to pay in full solve a debt

intransitive verb

: to solve something substitute and solve for x

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Other Words from solve

solver noun

Examples of solve in a Sentence

They are working to solve the traffic problem. If they'll lend us the money we need, all our problems will be solved. He couldn't solve the math problem. The mystery has been solved. The FBI has been trying to solve the case for years.
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This also comes with the very human skill of problem-solving: if a box has broken and spilled its contents, the worker has to set it aside and figure out what to do next. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robots Alone Can't Solve Amazon's Labor Woes," 15 July 2019 Most organizations want to build something that solves real problems. Christina Janzer, Quartz at Work, "Slack’s director of research explains how to build your best user research team," 15 July 2019 But solving one issue by creating a host of others is counterproductive. Globe Staff,, "The NFL’s bid to expand regular season a reckless pursuit of revenue," 15 July 2019 But when his team applied for a grant to research how to optimize the MRF scans using conventional algorithmic techniques, the application was rejected on the grounds that solving such a mathematically-challenging problem was simply impossible. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging," 15 July 2019 John Monteith has spent a lot of time helping people solve problems. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Making lives better for those with chronic conditions," 14 July 2019 But even as YouTube makes more of those features native to its platform, creators still want the basics solved first. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube’s alternative monetization strategy is a good step, but it ignores bigger problems," 12 July 2019 Some owners have gotten new DPS6 transmissions under warranty that have not solved the problems., "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION: OUT OF GEAR Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway," 11 July 2019 And George sang the organization’s praises to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, citing the religions initiative as essential in addressing how people of different faiths can solve problems. Catherine Bigelow,, "How do you launch SF Museum of Cultural History? With a party in Kerouac Alley," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of solve

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for solve

Middle English, to loosen, from Latin solvere to loosen, solve, dissolve, from sed-, se- apart + luere to release — more at secede, lose

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English Language Learners Definition of solve

: to find a way to deal with and end (a problem)
: to find the correct answer to (something, such as a riddle)
: to find the correct explanation for (something, such as a mystery)


\ ˈsälv How to pronounce solve (audio) , ˈsȯlv\
solved; solving

Kids Definition of solve

: to find the answer to or a solution for Can you solve the riddle?

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