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From Latin solvō.

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

  1. To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.
    • South
      True piety would effectually solve such scruples.
    • Tickell
      God shall solve the dark decrees of fate.
    • 2013 June 1, “Ideas coming down the track”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 13 (Technology Quarterly):
      A “moving platform” scheme [] is more technologically ambitious than maglev trains even though it relies on conventional rails. Local trains would use side-by-side rails to roll alongside intercity trains and allow passengers to switch trains by stepping through docking bays. This set-up solves several problems […].
  2. (mathematics) To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.
  3. (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.
  4. (transitive) To loosen or separate the parts of.

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solve (plural solves)

  1. (now rare, chiefly law enforcement) A solution; an explanation.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare:
      The solve is this, that thou dost common grow.
    • 2014 February 4, The Party, Gil Ozeri and Gabe Liedman (writers), Michael Engler (director), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season 1, episode 16:
      KEVIN: I decided a long time ago that just because I love Raymond, doesn't mean I have to love the people he works with. Good solve, Detective.
    • 2017, Elodia Strain, The Dating Experiment (→ISBN):
      “Hey, Mr. Quilt Bandit.”
      Ian smiled. “Nice solve, Nancy Drew.”

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solve

  1. third-person singular present indicative of solvere

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solve

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of solvō

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