solve

[solv]
verb (used with object), solved, solving.
1.
to find the answer or explanation for; clear up; explain: to solve the mystery of the missing books.
2.
to work out the answer or solution to (a mathematical problem).

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English solven < Latin solvere to loosen, free, release, dissolve

solver, noun
presolve, verb (used with object), presolved, presolving.
unsolved, adjective
well-solved, adjective


1. resolve, unravel, untangle, crack.
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solve (sɒlv)
 
vb
1.  to find the explanation for or solution to (a mystery, problem, etc)
2.  maths
 a.  to work out the answer to (a problem)
 b.  to obtain the roots of (an equation)
 
[C15: from Latin solvere to loosen, release, free from debt]
 
'solver
 
n

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solve
c.1440, "to disperse, dissipate, loosen," from L. solvere "to loosen, dissolve, untie," from PIE *se-lu-, from reflexive pronoun *swe- + base *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (cf. Gk. lyein "to loosen, release, untie," O.E. -leosan "to lose," leas "loose;" see lose). The
meaning "explain, answer" is attested from c.1533; for sense evolution, see solution. Mathematical use is attested from 1737.
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