Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To find an answer to, explanation for, or way of dealing with (a problem, for example).
  • intransitive verb To solve an equation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Solution.
  • To loosen; disentangle; unravel; hence, to explain or clear up the difficulties in; resolve; explain; make clear; remove perplexity from: as, to solve a difficulty, a puzzle, or a problem.
  • To determine; put an end to; settle.
  • To determine or work out by rule; operate on by calculation or mathematical processes, so as to bring out the required result: as, to solve a problem in mathematics.
  • To dissolve; melt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb 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.
  • noun obsolete A solution; an explanation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.
  • verb mathematics To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.
  • verb mathematics To algebraically manipulate an equation or inequality into a form that isolates a chosen variable on one side, so that the other side consists of an expression that may be used to generate solutions.
  • noun obsolete A solution; an explanation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb find the solution
  • verb settle, as of a debt
  • verb find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English solven, to loosen, from Latin solvere; see leu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin solvo.

Examples

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