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verb [transitive] solve pronunciation in American English /sɑlv/
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present participlesolving
past tensesolved
past participlesolved
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  1. 1
    to find a solution to something that is causing difficulties
    solve a crisis/dispute/conflict: It is hoped that diplomatic efforts can solve the crisis peacefully.
    solve a problem: We can help you solve your financial problems.
  2. 2
    to find the reason or explanation for something
    solve a mystery/puzzle/riddle: He hopes to solve the mystery of the plane’s disappearance.
    solve a case/crime/murder (=find out who committed a crime): The case was solved 25 years later using DNA evidence.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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