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See also: solvé
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /sɒlv/
- (General American) IPA(key): /sɑlv/, /sɔlv/
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- To find an answer or solution to a problem or question; to work out.
- 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions:
- True piety would effectually solve such scruples.
- 1649, Thomas Tickell, Thoughts occasioned by the sight of an original picture of King Charles I taken at the time of his trial
- 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 […].
- (mathematics) To find the values of variables that satisfy a system of equations and/or inequalities.
- (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.
- (transitive) To loosen or separate the parts of.
to find an answer or solution
to use a mathematical process or operation
solve (plural solves)
- (now rare, chiefly law enforcement) A solution; an explanation.
- 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.”