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[solv] /sɒlv/
verb (used with object), solved, solving.
to find the answer or explanation for; clear up; explain:
to solve the mystery of the missing books.
to work out the answer or solution to (a mathematical problem).
Origin of solve
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English solven < Latin solvere to loosen, free, release, dissolve
Related forms
solver, noun
presolve, verb (used with object), presolved, presolving.
unsolved, adjective
well-solved, adjective
1. resolve, unravel, untangle, crack. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solving
  • The wisest and soundest method of solving our tax problem is through economy.
  • Think of being the chief figure and directing factor in solving strange mysteries and baffling crimes.
  • Studies have shown that exposure to sarcasm enhances creative problem solving, for instance.
  • It teaches creativity skills and introduces readers to creative problem-solving strategies that get results.
  • Better research, including accurate tracking of the fish at sea, is one key to solving the mystery.
  • solving mysteries with the stars was all the rage in his retirement community.
  • In cold cases the key to solving the crime is often an overlooked clue in the original file.
  • We believe that when solving puzzles, you're not a cheater.
  • His true gift is for creative problem-solving with code.
  • Sanborn has said in the past that the previous three sections contain clues to solving the final section.
British Dictionary definitions for solving


verb (transitive)
to find the explanation for or solution to (a mystery, problem, etc)
  1. to work out the answer to (a problem)
  2. to obtain the roots of (an equation)
Derived Forms
solver, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin solvere to loosen, release, free from debt
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Word Origin and History for solving



late 14c., "to disperse, dissipate, loosen," from Latin solvere "to loosen, dissolve; untie, release, detach; depart; unlock; scatter; dismiss; accomplish, fulfill; explain; remove," from PIE *se-lu-, from reflexive pronoun *s(w)e- (see idiom) + root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (see lose). The meaning "explain, answer" is attested from 1530s; for sense evolution, see solution. Mathematical use is attested from 1737. Related: Solved; solving.

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