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verb [transitive]     solve pronunciation in British English
/sɒlv/
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  1. 1
    to find a solution to something that is causing difficulties
    solve a problem:

    We can help you solve your financial problems.

    solve a crisis/dispute/conflict:

    It is hoped that diplomatic efforts can solve the crisis peacefully.

  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.

    1. b.
      maths to find the answer to a problem in mathematics
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