verb (used with object), solved, solv·ing.
- solvay process,
- solvay, ernest,
- solvent abuse,
- solvitur ambulando
Origin of solve
Examples from the Web for unsolved
It was a sign of a deeper and as yet unsolved problem: Budget rules often run counter to common sense.America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine|Bill Sweetman|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Montreal police are also interested in reviewing other unsolved cases for any link to Magnotta.Alleged Killer Magnotta Was Caught Thanks to His Own Carelessness|Tracy McNicoll|June 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The unsolved cases were first brought to light by news reports in 2009.Arizona Birther Renaissance Sparked By Sheriff Arpaio, Secretary of State Bennett|Terry Greene Sterling|May 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In February, he cohosted an event with the Discovery Channel and the NAACP about unsolved hate crimes.The Story Behind Bobby Rush, the Hoodie-Wearing, Trayvon-Supporting Congressman|Nicholas McCarvel|March 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The death remains a mystery, unsolved and—like most royal matters—never discussed in public.
What the locomotive will yet do for all kinds of man—mechanic, agricultural, scientific, moral—is an unsolved problem!The World on Wheels and Other Sketches|Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
Who they were still remained an unsolved riddle in the school.The Little Colonel at Boarding-School|Annie Fellows Johnston
Psychiatrically, stupors have long remained an unsolved riddle.Benign Stupors|August Hoch
In his more childish days, Marco had been bitterly troubled by the unsolved mystery.The Lost Prince|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Let us discuss the unsolved and what I believe to be the insoluble problems that result from trade unionism.Twentieth Century Socialism|Edmond Kelly
- 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.