# Definition of solv

**1.** solve [ v ] find the solution to (a problem or question):"did you solve the problem?"; understand the meaning of
__Examples:__
"did you get it?"
"Did you get my meaning?"
"He could not work the math problem"

__Used in print:__

(Rocky Mountain News, [Denver, Colorado]...)

Her day starts early , but no_matter_how many pressing letters there are to be written ( and during May , which is National Salvation_Army Week , there are plenty ) , schedules to be made or problems to be **solved** , Mrs._Marr 's office is always open and the welcome_mat is out .

(Alfred Wright, "A Duel Golfers Will Never Forget"...)

A_lot_of people were still thinking_about Jack_Nicklaus , the spectacular young amateur , who had a 70 ; or Ken_Venturi , who had a somewhat shaky 72 but was bound_to do better ; or Rosburg , whose accurate short game and supersensitive putter can overcome so many_of Augusta 's treacheries ; or even old Byron_Nelson , whose excellent 71 made one wonder if he had **solved** the geriatric aspects of golf .

(Los Angeles Times...)

If there were no West_Berlin problem , imperialist quarters would have invented an excuse for stepping_up the armaments race to try to **solve** the internal and external problems besetting the United_States and its NATO partners .

This sum spent for foreign economic aid , the peace_corps , food for peace , or any other program to **solve** the problems of the underdeveloped countries would be an investment that would pay_off in world peace , increased world trade , and prosperity for every country on the globe .

(Newark Evening News...)

Civil_Defense has far to go and many problems to **solve** , but is it not in the best spirit of our pioneer tradition to be not_only willing , but prepared to care for our own families and help our neighbors in any disaster - storm , flood , accident or even war ?

**Synonyms**solve figure_out puzzle_out lick work_out work

**Related Terms**understand answer guess answer riddle strike break solution resolution reason

**2.** solve [ v ] find the solution to
__Examples:__
"solve an equation"

__Used in print:__

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

This method in_general **solved** the problem of obtaining fairly equal concentrations of reactants in each of the six cells from a set .

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

Fortunately , a general formula of wide applicability **solves** all problems of this kind .

**Synonyms**solve resolve

**Related Terms**calculate factorize convergent_thinker

**3.** solve [ v ] settle, as of a debt
__Examples:__
"clear a debt"
"solve an old debt"

**Synonyms**solve clear

**Related Terms**settle

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