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## solve

(sŏlv, sôlv)*v.*

**solved**,

**solv·ing**,

**solves**

*v.*

*tr.*

To find an answer to, explanation for, or way of dealing with (a problem, for example).

*v.*

*intr.*

To solve an equation: Insert the values of the constants and solve for x.

**solv′er**

*n.*

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## solve

(sɒlv)*vb*(

*tr*)

**1.**to find the explanation for or solution to (a mystery, problem, etc)

**2.**(Mathematics)

*maths*

**a.**to work out the answer to (a problem)

**b.**to obtain the roots of (an equation)

[C15: from Latin

*solvere*to loosen, release, free from debt]**ˈsolver**

*n*

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## solve

(sɒlv)*v.t.*

**solved, solv•ing.**

**1.**to find the answer or explanation for; clear up; explain: to solve a mystery or puzzle.

**2.**to work out the answer or solution to (a mathematical problem).

[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin

*solvere*to loosen, release, dissolve]**solv′er,**

*n.*

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## solve

- First meant "loosen"—from Latin solvere, "free, unfasten."See also related terms for loosen.

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## solve

**Past participle:**solved

**Gerund:**solving

Imperative |
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solve |

solve |

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Verb | 1. | solve - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means" answer, resolve - understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered" riddle - explain a riddle strike - arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain" guess, infer - guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize" answer - give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle" break - find the solution or key to; "break the code" |

2. | solve - find the solution; "solve an equation"; "solve for x" | |

3. | solve - settle, as of a debt; "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt"square off, square up, settle, determine - settle conclusively; come to terms; "We finally settled the argument" |

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## solve

*verb*answer, work out, resolve, explain, crack, interpret, unfold, clarify, clear up, unravel, decipher, expound,

**suss (out)**

*(slang)*, get to the bottom of, disentangle, elucidate Their domestic reforms did nothing to solve unemployment.

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## solve

*verb*

**1.**To find a solution for:

**get to the bottom of.**

*Idiom:*The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Translations

**řešit**

**vyřešit**

**objasnit**

**løse**

**opklare**

**ratkaista**

**riješiti**

**megfejt**

**megold**

**leysa, finna lausn á**

**leysa, ráîa**

**解決する**

**해결하다**

**atklāt**

**atrisināt**

**noskaidrot**

**riešiť**

**rozriešiť**

**rešiti**

**lösa**

**แก้ปัญหา**

**giải quyết**

Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

## solve

Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

## solve

(solv)*verb*

**1.**to discover the answer to (a problem

*etc*). The mathematics teacher gave the children some problems to solve.

**2.**to clear up or explain (a mystery, crime

*etc*). That crime has never been solved.

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

## solve

→ يُحِلُّ řešit løse lösen λύνω resolver ratkaista résoudre riješiti risolvere 解決する 해결하다 oplossen løse rozwiązać resolver разрешить lösa แก้ปัญหา çözmek giải quyết 解决Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

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