Definition of solve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    solve

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//sɑlv//
     
    , NAmE//sɔlv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they solve
     
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    he / she / it solves
     
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    past simple solved
     
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    -ing form solving
     
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  1. 1solve something to find a way of dealing with a problem or difficult situation Attempts are being made to solve the problem of waste disposal. You can't solve anything by just running away.
  2. 2solve something to find the correct answer or explanation for something to solve an equation/a puzzle/a riddle to solve a crime/mystery
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