Definition of solve in English:

solve

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Find an answer to, explanation for, or means of effectively dealing with (a problem or mystery)

    ‘the policy could solve the town's housing crisis’
    ‘a murder investigation that has never been solved’
    • ‘The first, essential step towards solving a problem is to admit that it exists.’
    • ‘I need to watch the ‘extras’ to see if there are any clues to solving the mystery of it all.’
    • ‘His financial problems were solved, but he was spurned by the art establishment.’
    • ‘First are solving the immediate problem by bringing in drivers from elsewhere in Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Let's try to unify the American people and govern in a way that solves problems.’
    • ‘Narrative in each religion solves that problem for its respective adherents.’
    • ‘Occasionally, someone has a simple idea that solves a huge problem.’
    • ‘Now suppose that there were a single algorithm for solving all mathematical problems.’
    • ‘At the same time this policy solves their problems in re-entering the workforce.’
    • ‘Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.’
    • ‘So you are not actually solving the problem by giving it to somebody else.’
    • ‘They take the bags away so the rats don't have their food supply, but this is still not solving the problem.’
    • ‘And then when she solves the mystery, they cut back to her revealing it to the interested parties, a father and son.’
    • ‘It solves the problem of trying to hide away messy cables and unsightly stereos.’
    • ‘I finally solved the mystery of my grandfather having two graves, and visited both of them.’
    • ‘You can remove and clean the sensor and that usually solves the problem.’
    • ‘He is hoping to work with others such as the town council to try to solve the problem in various ways.’
    • ‘They are a great partner, we are happy together, we will solve the problem together.’
    • ‘Ours is a reproducible model, and others may end up reproducing it and solving other problems.’
    • ‘Both believe the market solves all problems of efficiency and allocation.’
    find an answer to, find the answer to, find a solution to, find the solution to, answer, resolve, work out, puzzle out, fathom, find the key to, decipher, decode, break, clear up, interpret, translate, straighten out, get to the bottom of, make head or tail of, unravel, disentangle, untangle, unfold, piece together, explain, expound, elucidate
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘loosen, dissolve, untie’): from Latin solvere ‘loosen, unfasten’.

Pronunciation

solve

/sɒlv/