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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Recent Examples on the Web Politicians have also disagreed on how to solve the crisis. Fox News, 27 July 2021 Advertisements from before the 1970s illustrate how 7-Eleven’s wares could solve shoppers’ problems. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 11 July 2021 While the crisis is widespread across Los Angeles, a dispute about how to solve the problem has become a flashpoint on Venice Beach recently, where an encampment exploded in size during the coronavirus pandemic. Brian Melley, ajc, 2 July 2021 While the crisis is widespread across Los Angeles, a dispute about how to solve the problem has become a flashpoint on Venice Beach recently, where an encampment exploded in size during the coronavirus pandemic. Brian Melley, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Her aides framed her trip to the border as part of an effort to better understand how to solve the problem. Alexandra Jaffe, Chron, 25 June 2021 Her aides framed her trip to the border as part of an effort to better understand how to solve the problem. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 Her aides framed her trip to the border as part of an effort to better understand how to solve the problem. Alexandra Jaffe, chicagotribune.com, 25 June 2021 Biden called on Congress to pass legislation addressing voting rights, Black homeownership and to study how reparations could solve the racial wealth gap. Anchorage Daily News, 18 June 2021

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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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The first known use of solve was circa 1533

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“Solve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solve. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for solve

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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