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

  • transitive v. To find a solution to.
  • transitive v. To work out a correct solution to (a problem).
  • intransitive v. To solve an equation: Insert the values of the constants and solve for x.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.
  • v. To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.
  • v. 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.
  • n. A solution; an explanation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A solution; an explanation.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. Solution.

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

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


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

Middle English solven, to loosen, from Latin solvere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin solvo.



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