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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See below for some common problems that affect the way couples sleep together, and how to solve them. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How to Share a Bed (And Still Sleep Through the Night)," 3 May 2019 In 2017, the family of three became stars of a new show, Nate & Jeremiah by Design, in which the designer couple help homeowners solve nightmare renovations—all while juggling parenthood. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brief Timeline of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Relationship," 3 May 2019 Joined by mastermind Analyst Kristen Chazal, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, and under the supervision of Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier, the unit works to solve complicated cases in the name of national security. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Is 'FBI' Renewed for a Second Season? Here's Everything We Know," 30 Apr. 2019 Warren remains the only candidate to have put forward the nuts-and-bolts of solving the child care crisis. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 Last week, Witzel said investigators were close to solving the Franco case, the latest of many officials to make claims of progress. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 Understanding this simple idea gets you a long way to solving America’s opioid crisis. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 These exchanges eventually lead you to solving the case. Michael Moore, The Verge, "The Haunted Island: a Frog Detective Game is a farcical tale of ghosts, vacations to Indonesia, and overzealous dental care," 23 Dec. 2018 The challenges are not, a company that does A challenges the monopolist who does A. The challenge is a company who does B, has a total different approach to solving a problem ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 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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solvate

Solvay process

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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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