# solve

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

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## Other words for solve

## Other words from solve

- solver, noun
- pre·solve, verb (used with object), pre·solved, pre·solv·ing.
- un·solved, adjective
- well-solved, adjective

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## How to use solve in a sentence

So I think it’s that bimodel approach of high-frequency questions that we can

*solve*by asynchronous means or high-impact moments a few times per year where, essentially, we need to sit down and we need to think together deeply about the problem.Why is GoCardless COO Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas pivoting to become a full-time VC? | Steve O'Hear | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunchThe hard work of solving the country’s biggest problems falls to all of us.

Charles Koch: Partisan politics don’t work. It’s time for a new way | jakemeth | November 19, 2020 | FortuneThe question of how do you actually make it a long-term structural shift is what they’re not solving for.

Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublicaMaybe the state would work harder to

*solve*Wayne County’s problems.For three hours, an obscure county board in Michigan was at the center of U.S. politics | Kayla Ruble, Tom Hamburger, David Fahrenthold | November 19, 2020 | Washington PostOccasionally he will get a call from a company that wants his help solving a problem.

Does Advertising Actually Work? (Part 1: TV) (Ep. 440) | Stephen J. Dubner | November 19, 2020 | Freakonomics

Pat Roberts of ten years ago was much more moderate and, and tended to be viewed more as a problem solver.

The Kansas Independent Who Could Control the Senate | John Avlon | September 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEASTThat sounds fine at first, and of course Holmes is a renowned problem-solver, at least in the world of fictional ink.

Former President Bill Clinton, a famous speed solver, became a fan of his, even sending Reagle one of his completed puzzles.

The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100: The ‘King of Crossword’ on Its Strange History | Kevin Fallon | December 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEASTMoreover, Zucker is less a long-term strategist than an in-the-moment problem-solver.

Can Jeff Zucker, The Next CNN Worldwide Chief, Save the Network? | Lloyd Grove | November 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEASTLike most seriously successful businessmen, Mitt is a pragmatic problem solver, a sensible fixer, a technocrat.

Why the Right Hates Mitt Romney and His 2012 Presidential Bid | Michael Medved | November 10, 2011 | THE DAILY BEASTWhat can be done in the next three years, time, that great solver of doubts, must tell.

The child who was made a wonderer and a problem finder by God is made a problem solver by teachers.

Dickens As an Educator | James L. (James Laughlin) HughesIt bore the name of this marvel, this solver of the sentimental riddle, and beneath it three interrogation marks.

A Wanderer in Holland | E. V. LucasNo solver of least square equations at the present day ought to make such a blunder.

Astronomical Discovery | Herbert Hall TurnerAn exceedingly ingenious constructor and solver of fascinating puzzles, mathematical and otherwise.

The Canterbury Puzzles | Henry Ernest Dudeney

## British Dictionary definitions for solve

/ (sɒlv) /

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)

## Origin of solve

^{1}

## Derived forms of solve

- solver, noun

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