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).

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. Unabridged
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solve (sɒlv)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

Solve definition

Parallel object-oriented language. "Message Pattern Specifications: A New Technique for Handling Errors in Parallel Object- Oriented Systems", J.A. Purchase et al, SIGPLAN Notices 25(10):116-125 (OOPSLA/ECOOP '90) (Oct 1990).

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Example sentences
There are questions to answer and mysteries to solve.
Helping students solve problems teaches them how to think.
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  discover ways to solve everyday problems.
There's a reason millions of people try to solve crossword puzzles each day.
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