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SOLVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does solve mean? 

SOLVE (verb)
  The verb SOLVE has 3 senses:

1. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
2. find the solution
3. settle, as of a debt

  Familiarity information: SOLVE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOLVE (verb)


Sense 1solve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

figure out; puzzle out; solve; lick; work out; work

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "solve" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

"Solve" entails doing...:

reason (think logically)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "solve"):

answer; resolve (understand the meaning of)

riddle (explain a riddle)

strike (arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing)

guess; infer (guess correctly; solve by guessing)

answer (give the correct answer or solution to)

break (find the solution or key to)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2solve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Find the solution

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

solve; resolve

Context examples:

solve an equation / solve for x

Hypernyms (to "solve" is one way to...):

calculate; cipher; compute; cypher; figure; reckon; work out (make a mathematical calculation or computation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "solve"):

factorise; factorize (resolve (a polynomial) into factors)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3solve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Settle, as of a debt

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

solve; clear

Context examples:

clear a debt / solve an old debt

Hypernyms (to "solve" is one way to...):

determine; settle; square off; square up (settle conclusively; come to terms)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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