solve Definition

find an answer to, explanation for, or means of effectively dealing with (a problem or mystery).

Using solve: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "solve" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The detective finally solved the mystery.

  • Example

    We need to solve this problem before it gets worse.

  • Example

    She solved the math problem in just a few minutes.

  • Example

    They worked together to solve the puzzle.

solve Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for solve

Idioms Using solve

  • solve one's problems

    deal with and overcome one's difficulties or challenges


    She turned to therapy to help her solve her problems.

  • figure out the solution to a complex problem or situation


    After hours of brainstorming, they were finally able to solve the puzzle.

  • successfully investigate and find the solution to a crime or mystery


    The detective was able to solve the case and bring the criminal to justice.

Phrases with solve

  • find the value of x that makes the equation true


    In this equation, we need to solve for x.

  • solve a riddle

    find the answer to a difficult question or puzzle


    He was able to solve the riddle after thinking about it for a while.

  • discover the explanation for a puzzling event or situation


    The detective was determined to solve the mystery of the missing necklace.

Origins of solve

from Latin 'solvere', meaning 'to loosen, dissolve, untie'


Summary: solve in Brief

The verb 'solve' [sɒlv] means to find an answer or explanation for a problem or mystery. It can be used in various contexts, such as solving a math problem or solving a crime. Phrases like 'solve for x' and 'solve a mystery' add specificity to the term, while idioms like 'solve one's problems' and 'solve the puzzle' convey the idea of overcoming challenges and finding solutions.

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