Definitions for: Solve


[v] find the solution to (a problem or question) or udnerstand 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"
[v] find the solution to; "solve an equation"



Webster (1913) Definition: Solve (s[o^]lv), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Solved
(s[o^]lvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Solving.] [L. solvere, solutum;
from a prefix so- expressing separation (cf. Sober) + luere
to loosen; cf. OF. soldre, soudre. See Loose, and cf.
Absolve.]
To explain; to resolve; to unfold; to clear up (what is
obscure or difficult to be understood); to work out to a
result or conclusion; as, to solve a doubt; to solve
difficulties; to solve a problem.

True piety would effectually solve such scruples.
--South.

God shall solve the dark decrees of fate. --Tickell.

Syn: To explain; resolve; unfold; clear up.


Solve, n.
A solution; an explanation. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: figure out, lick, puzzle out, work, work out

See Also: answer, break, calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, factorise, factorize, figure, guess, infer, reason, reckon, resolve, riddle, strike, understand

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