Solve Definition

sŏlv, sôlv
solved, solves, solving
solved, solves, solving
To find or provide a satisfactory answer or explanation for; make clear; explain.
Webster's New World
To solve an equation.
Insert the values of the constants and solve for x.
American Heritage
To find or provide the correct or a satisfactory solution to (a problem)
Webster's New World

(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.


(obsolete) A solution; an explanation.


Origin of Solve

  • Middle English solven to loosen from Latin solvere leu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin solvo.

    From Wiktionary

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