Definition of solve
- solve a problem
- solved the crime
- solve a debt
- substitute and solve for x
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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: 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)
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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