Definition of solve in US 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’
    • ‘First are solving the immediate problem by bringing in drivers from elsewhere in Yorkshire.’
    • ‘The first, essential step towards solving a problem is to admit that it exists.’
    • ‘Let's try to unify the American people and govern in a way that solves problems.’
    • ‘You can remove and clean the sensor and that usually solves the problem.’
    • ‘I need to watch the ‘extras’ to see if there are any clues to solving the mystery of it all.’
    • ‘Give a specific example of a time when you used good judgment and logic in solving a problem.’
    • ‘They are a great partner, we are happy together, we will solve the problem together.’
    • ‘So you are not actually solving the problem by giving it to somebody else.’
    • ‘Both believe the market solves all problems of efficiency and allocation.’
    • ‘I finally solved the mystery of my grandfather having two graves, and visited both of them.’
    • ‘They take the bags away so the rats don't have their food supply, but this is still not solving the problem.’
    • ‘It solves the problem of trying to hide away messy cables and unsightly stereos.’
    • ‘His financial problems were solved, but he was spurned by the art establishment.’
    • ‘Ours is a reproducible model, and others may end up reproducing it and solving other problems.’
    • ‘And then when she solves the mystery, they cut back to her revealing it to the interested parties, a father and son.’
    • ‘Now suppose that there were a single algorithm for solving all mathematical problems.’
    • ‘Occasionally, someone has a simple idea that solves a huge problem.’
    • ‘Narrative in each religion solves that problem for its respective adherents.’
    • ‘At the same time this policy solves their problems in re-entering the workforce.’
    • ‘He is hoping to work with others such as the town council to try to solve the problem in various ways.’
    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

/sälv//sɑlv/