What does solve mean?

Definitions for solve
sɒlvsolve

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work(verb)

    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

    "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"

  2. resolve, solve(verb)

    find the solution

    "solve an equation"; "solve for x"

  3. clear, solve(verb)

    settle, as of a debt

    "clear a debt"; "solve an old debt"

Wiktionary

  1. solve(Verb)

    To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.

    Etymology: From solvo.

  2. solve(Verb)

    To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.

    Etymology: From solvo.

  3. solve(Verb)

    To algebraically manipulate an equation or inequality into a form that isolates a chosen variable on one side, so that the other side consists of an expression that may be used to generate solutions.

    Etymology: From solvo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solve(verb)

    to explain; to resolve; to unfold; to clear up (what is obscure or difficult to be understood); to work out to a result or conclusion; as, to solve a doubt; to solve difficulties; to solve a problem

  2. Solve(noun)

    a solution; an explanation

Freebase

  1. Sölve

    Sölve was a sea-king who conquered Sweden by burning the Swedish king Östen to death inside his hall. The Heimskringla relates that he was the son Högne of Nærøy, and that he had his home in Jutland. He pillaged in the Baltic Sea and at night they made shore in the hundred of Lofond/Lovund where they surrounded a house and set it on fire killing everybody inside. In the house there was a feast where the Swedish king Östen was invited. Then Sölve and his men arrived in Sigtuna and declared that the Swedes had to accept him as king. The Swedes refused and fought Sölve for eleven days until they lost. Sölve then ruled Sweden until the Swedes rebelled and killed him. Historia Norwegiae only relates that the Geats burnt Östen and his people to death inside his house. Sölvi also appears in Half's saga, of which there is a version from the year 1300. This saga relates that Sölvi was the son of Högne the rich of Nærøy fyrir Naumundalsminni in Norway and that he was the brother of Hild the Slender. Sölvi's brother-in-law, Hjorleiv, was the king of Hordaland and Rogaland and Hjorleiv killed Hreidar, the king of Zealand. Then Hjorleiv put Sölvi as the jarl of Zealand. Later in the saga, Sölvi is no longer the jarl of Zealand, but the king of Sweden. Hjorleiv had a son named Half, and after the Norwegian king Asmund had killed Half, a couple of his champions go to Sweden and king Sölvi.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solve

    solv, v.t. to loosen or separate the parts of: to clear up or explain: to remove.—ns. Solvabil′ity, Sol′vableness, capacity of being solved.—adj. Sol′vable, capable of being solved or explained: capable of being paid.—n. Sol′vency, state of being solvent, or able to pay all debts.—adj. Sol′vent, having power to solve or dissolve: able to pay all debts.—n. anything that dissolves another.—n. Sol′ver, one who solves. [O. Fr. solver—L. solvĕre, to loosen, prob. from se-, aside, luĕre, to loosen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. solve

    To create a solution for.

    They had to solve some things to move forward and they did easily as they love each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  
  2. solve

    To feel, know and understand the answer, meaning or reason for a moment of time.

    As we learn and evolve we solve things by asking, questioning and receiving the answer we need, this then provides with the solution. The Scientist and Mathematician gain understanding of equations and this empower them to change the outcomes.

    Submitted by MaryC on October 29, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solve' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4753

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3770

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solve' in Verbs Frequency: #493

Anagrams for solve »

  1. loves, voles

  2. Loves

  3. Voles

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solve in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of solve in a Sentence

  1. Mark Krikorian:

    There's no question that there's a limit to what they can do without changes from Congress. The question is how realistic are the President's expectations ? Is he expecting them to solve this problem or is he expecting them to make some progress so that he can then go to the public and to Congress and say Congress has to do its part too ? that's kind of up to the President. That's not really something Stephen can do.

  2. Lisa Shalett:

    Lowering rates isn't really going to solve what ails this economy.

  3. North Korea:

    You're not going to solve the problem, but you can certainly try to slow them down.

  4. Yared Tesfaye:

    The train will not solve all transportation issues; its users are mostly long distance travelers. People use taxis firstly because it's cheap, secondly because they stop frequently between small distances, in Addis Ababa there's a population of four million people of which 3.5 million are minibus taxi users. The train is expected to transport around 1.5 million people. We taxi drivers will probably transport the rest.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    We can't sustain economically this happening again. We've got to solve the health part of it, which means not only treatment but vaccines.

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