# solve

[solv]

- 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).

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## Origin of solve^{}

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

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. resolve, unravel, untangle, crack.

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## Examples from the Web for solver

### Historical Examples

#### A Minnesota solver secured the second prize, which in this case is made $3.

#### One solver answered correctly all save four of the questions.

#### A score of blanched faces were turned to him as though he must be solver of the enigma.

The Were-WolfClemence Housman

#### One solver, who lives in Pennsylvania, found all the answers save one, and got the first prize of $10 as his reward.

#### The U has been taken from the second 'surely' instead of the first, to mislead the solver.

The Mystery of the DownsJohn R. Watson

# solve

- to find the explanation for or solution to (a mystery, problem, etc)
- maths
- to work out the answer to (a problem)
- to obtain the roots of (an equation)

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## Word Origin

C15: from Latin solvere to loosen, release, free from debt

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## Word Origin and History for solver

# solve

### v.

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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