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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 solved
  • Fortunately, many drainage problems are easily solved once you become aware of them.
  • Dental records confirmed the match, and another sad and baffling case was solved.
  • The problem was solved when seeds, nuts and leaf litter were added.
  • On the other hand it's a glimpse of a possible future in which science has solved a fearsome problem.
  • For a short time, it seemed the mystery might be solved.
  • Revised pilot instructions and a change in the wings' leading edges solved the problem.
  • Roundabouts have already solved this problem, as mentioned above.
  • The challenges our higher-education system faces cannot be solved by individual colleges alone.
  • But those are practical problems that can be solved with time, ingenuity, and experimentation.
  • There is no doubt that the problems to be solved in achieving short-term success and sustainable success overlap.
British Dictionary definitions for solved


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 solved



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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