solve (sŏlv, sôlv)
v. solved, solv·ing, solves
To find an answer to, explanation for, or way of dealing with (a problem, for example).
To solve an equation: Insert the values of the constants and solve for x.
[Middle English solven, to loosen, from Latin solvere; see leu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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