verb

Solve is defined as to figure something out or to find an answer for something.

An example of to solve is to correctly put together a very difficult puzzle.

## solve

solved, solv′ing

- to find or provide a satisfactory answer or explanation for; make clear; explain
- to find or provide the correct or a satisfactory solution to (a problem)

Origin of solve

Middle English*solven*; from Classical Latin

*solvere*(for

*se-luere*), to loosen, release, free ; from

*se-*, apart (see secede) +

*luere*, to let go, set free: see lose

## solve

verb

**solved**,

**solv·ing**,

**solves**

verb

, transitive To find an answer to, explanation for, or way of dealing with (a problem, for example).

verb

, intransitive To solve an equation:

*Insert the values of the constants and solve for x.*Origin of solve

Middle English*solven*,

*to loosen*, from Latin

*solvere*; see

*leu-*in Indo-European roots.

*Related Forms:*

**solv′er**noun

## solve

Verb

(*third-person singular simple present* solves, *present participle* solving, *simple past and past participle* solved)

- To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.
- (mathematics) To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.
- (mathematics) 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.

Origin

From Latin *solvo*.