Definition of solve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    solve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːlv//
     
    , NAmE//sɔːlv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they solve
    BrE BrE//sɒlv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːlv//
     
    , NAmE//sɔːlv//
     
    he / she / it solves
    BrE BrE//sɒlvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːlvz//
     
    , NAmE//sɔːlvz//
     
    past simple solved
    BrE BrE//sɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːlvd//
     
    , NAmE//sɔːlvd//
     
    past participle solved
    BrE BrE//sɒlvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɑːlvd//
     
    , NAmE//sɔːlvd//
     
    -ing form solving
    BrE BrE//ˈsɒlvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːlvɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈsɔːlvɪŋ//
     
    Solving crime
     
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  1. 1  solve 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. 2  solve something to find the correct answer or explanation for something to solve an equation/a puzzle/a riddle to solve a crime/mystery See related entries: Solving crime
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘loosen, dissolve, untie’): from Latin solvere ‘loosen, unfasten’.Extra examples Being with friends does not necessarily solve my problem. Being with peers and friends does not necessarily solve this feeling of loneliness. It doesn’t really solve the problem. She’s really good at solving problems. The mystery has not yet been completely solved. The problem cannot be solved with spending cuts alone. This question has never been satisfactorily solved. We hope the difficulty can be solved by getting the two sides together to discuss the issues. We need to focus on solving the country’s problem. We were given clues to help us solve the puzzle. a plan designed to solve the housing problem research aimed at solving the growing problem of child obesity their appeal for help in solving the case Attempts are being made to solve the problem of waste disposal in the town. The Board met several times last week to try to solve the firm’s financial crisis. Unemployment will not be solved by offering low-paid jobs in call centres. You can’t solve all your difficulties by running away.
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