verb (used with object), solved, solv·ing.
- solvay process,
- solvay, ernest,
- solvent abuse,
- solvitur ambulando
Origin of solve
Examples from the Web for solve
This is the first study of its kind in Turkey and raises the possibility that a private solution could solve a public problem.
To solve the problem, we need to study a lot more comets and meteorites.
Is there anyone who thinks the urgent problem we need to solve in Washington, D.C. is how to allow more spending on campaigns?
“I doubt you can solve range and the need for a large magazine with the same missile,” he said.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why are you trying to solve a cultural problem with a political solution?
Mother was of a determined disposition, and seldom failed to solve a domestic problem.
So Hans became another factor in the problem the unexpected had given Edith Nelson to solve.Love of Life|Jack London
I remained silent, striving vainly to frame some innocent question which should solve for me the problem of who and what she was.My Lady of the North|Randall Parrish
King Nokve, who ruled over Raumsdal, was the brother of Solve's mother.Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
He was sorry he had ventured to solve the mystery of the up-shooting stream of water, for he was worse than an outcast.Five Thousand Miles Underground|Roy Rockwood
- to work out the answer to (a problem)
- to obtain the roots of (an equation)
Word Origin for solve
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.