1. [ verb ] find the solution to (a problem or question):"did you solve the problem?"; understand the meaning of
Synonyms: figure_out puzzle_out lick work_out work

"did you get it?" "Did you get my meaning?" "He could not work the math problem"

Related terms: understand answer guess answer riddle strike break solution resolution reason
2. [ verb ] (mathematics) find the solution to
Synonyms: resolve

"solve an equation"

Related terms: calculate factorize convergent_thinker
3. [ verb ] settle, as of a debt
Synonyms: clear

"clear a debt" "solve an old debt"

Related terms: settle
Similar spelling:   solvay