solve

verb
\ 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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In recent years, fewer of the city's homicides have been solved. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "As murders rise among Indianapolis youth, so too does the search for answers," 2 July 2018 There's an at-large serial killer, teen boys trying to solve murders, a synth-heavy score, and what looks like rapidly escalating violence. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Summer of '84 Trailer Delivers Scares and Slasher Nostalgia," 30 June 2018 But that doesn’t solve Wilson’s long-term future, and is likely not really the course either side wants to take here. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: Does Russell Wilson really want out of Seattle?," 20 Feb. 2019 But money alone will not solve Pemex’s problems, said Alberto Ramos, chief Latin America economist at Goldman Sachs. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexico Unveils Plan to Support State Oil Company Pemex," 15 Feb. 2019 However, the new tat didn't exactly solve the problem. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Good News: Ariana Grande Fixed Her Tattoo. Bad News: It Might Still Be Misspelled.," 31 Jan. 2019 Residents may think relocation is a more humane solution, but ultimately this doesn’t solve the problem. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 And landing on the tiny planet may be the key to solving some of its many mysteries — if only someone can figure out how to do it. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 Second, adding more liquid to existing wetness doesn't solve the problem but can actually exacerbate it — particularly if long hair covers the ears, preventing them from ever fully drying out. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018

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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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Solvay process

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The first known use of solve was circa 1533

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solve

verb

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)

solve

verb
\ 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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