solve

solve
W3S2 [sɔlv US sa:lv] v [T]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: solvere 'to loosen, solve, dissolve, pay']
1.) to find or provide a way of dealing with a problem
→↑solution
Charlie thinks money will solve all his problems.
the best way of solving our dilemma
2.) to find the correct answer to a problem or the explanation for something that is difficult to understand
→↑solution
solve a crime/mystery/case etc
More than 70% of murder cases were solved last year.
attempts to solve a mathematical equation
solve a puzzle/riddle
>solvable adj

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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