Definition of solution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//səˈluːʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈluːʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] solution (to something) a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation synonym answer Attempts to find a solution have failed. There's no simple solution to this problem. Do you have a better solution?
  2. 2  [countable] solution (to something) an answer to a puzzle or to a problem in mathematics The solution to last week's quiz is on page 81. See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  3. 3  [countable, uncountable] a liquid in which something is dissolved an alkaline solution saline solution Wordfinderacid, catalyst, chemistry, compound, formula, molecule, pH, react, solution, valency See related entries: Molecules and matter
  4. 4[uncountable] the process of dissolving a solid or gas in a liquid the solution of glucose in water
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin solutio(n-), from solvere ‘loosen’.Extra examples His plan does not offer a real solution to the problem. The UN representative stressed the urgency of a speedy solution. The industry needs to look for technological solutions to their problems. They were seeking an ultimate solution to the city’s traffic problem. a quick solution for dealing with the paper shortage aluminium ions in solution attempts to find a comprehensive political solution to the crisis carbon dioxide in solution Stomach ache can often be eased with an alkaline solution such as bicarbonate of soda. The doctor put compresses of saline solution on the worst burns. The solution to last week’s quiz is on page 81. There’s no simple solution to this problem. We need to make sure that it is a realistically workable solution. Will this lead to a peaceful solution of the conflict?
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