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Verb (transitive)


Verb solve has 3 senses


solvev. t. [L. solvere, solutum; from a prefix so- expressing separation (cf. Sober) + luere to loosen; cf. OF. soldre, soudre. See Loose, and cf. Absolve.].
     To explain; to resolve; to unfold; to clear up (what is obscure or difficult to be understood); to work out to a result or conclusion; as, to solve a doubt; to solve difficulties; to solve a problem.  [1913 Webster]
    "True piety would effectually solve such scruples."  [1913 Webster]
    "God shall solve the dark decrees of fate."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To explain; resolve; unfold; clear up.
     A solution; an explanation.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]


solve, v.tr. find an answer to, or an action or course that removes or effectively deals with (a problem or difficulty).

solvable adj. solver n.
ME, = loosen, f. L solvere solut- unfasten, release



account for, allegorize, answer, bottom, break, cipher, clarify, clear up, colliquate, crack, cut, debug, decide, decipher, decoagulate, decoct, decode, deliquesce, demonstrate, demythologize, determine, disentangle, dissolve, divine, do, dope, dope out, elucidate, enlighten, euhemerize, exemplify, explain, explain away, explicate, exposit, expound, fathom, figure out, find out, find the answer, find the solution, fix, fluidify, fluidize, flux, fuse, get, get right, give reason for, give the meaning, guess, guess right, have it, hit it, hold in solution, illuminate, illustrate, infuse, interpret, leach, liquefy, liquesce, liquidize, lixiviate, make clear, make out, make plain, melt, melt down, open the lock, percolate, plumb, popularize, psych, psych out, puzzle out, rationalize, ravel, ravel out, resolve, reveal, riddle, run, settle, shed light upon, show, show how, show the way, simplify, solubilize, sort out, spell out, thaw, thin, throw light upon, unclot, undo, unfold, unlock, unravel, unriddle, unscramble, untangle, untwist, unweave, work, work out




VB render liquid, liquefy, run, deliquesce, melt, solve, dissolve, resolve, liquate, hold in solution, condense, precipitate, rain.


VB answer, respond, reply, rebut, retort, rejoin, give for answer, return for answer, acknowledge, echo, explain, solve, discover, fathom, hunt out, satisfy, set at rest, determine.


VB discover, find, determine, evolve, learn, fix upon, pick up, find out, trace out, make out, hunt out, fish out, worm out, ferret out, root out, fathom, bring out, draw out, educe, elicit, bring to light, dig out, grub up, fish up, unearth, disinter, solve, resolve, elucidate, unriddle, unravel, unlock, crack, crack open, pick up, open the lock, find a clue, find clew a to, find the key to the riddle, interpret, disclose, trace, get at, hit it, have it, lay one's finger, lay one's hands upon, spot, get at the truth, arrive at the truth, put the saddle on the right horse, hit the right nail on the head, be near the truth, be warm, get warmer, burn, smoke, scent, sniff, catch a whiff of, smell a rat, open the eyes to, see through, see daylight, see in its true colors, see the cloven foot, detect, catch, catch tripping, pitch upon, fall upon, light upon, hit upon, stumble upon, pop upon, come across, come onto, meet with, meet up with, fall in with, recognize, realize, verify, make certain of, identify, Int, eureka!, aha!, I've got it!.


VB interpret, explain, define, construe, translate, render, do into, turn into, transfuse the sense of, find out, 1 the meaning of, read, spell out, make out, decipher, unravel, disentangle, find the key of, enucleate, resolve, solve, read between the lines, account for, find the cause, tell the cause of, throw light upon, shed light upon, shed new light upon, shed fresh light upon, clear up, clarify, elucidate, illustrate, exemplify, unfold, expound, comment upon, annotate, popularize, take in a particular sense, understand in a particular sense, receive in a particular sense, accept in a particular sense, understand by, put a construction on, be given to understand.

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