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Topic: MATHS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: solvere 'to loosen, solve, dissolve, pay'

solve

verb
     
solve S2 W3 [transitive]
1 to find or provide a way of dealing with a problem [↪ solution]:
Charlie thinks money will solve all his problems.
the best way of solving our dilemma
2 to find the correct answer to a problem or the explanation for something that is difficult to understand [↪ solution]
solve a crime/mystery/case etc
More than 70% of murder cases were solved last year.
attempts to solve a mathematical equation
solvable adjective
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