Solve Solve (s[o^]lv), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Solved} (s[o^]lvd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Solving}.] [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. --South. [1913 Webster]

God shall solve the dark decrees of fate. --Tickell. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To explain; resolve; unfold; clear up. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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