Meaning of “solve” in the English Dictionary

"solve" in British English

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solveverb [ T ]

uk /sɒlv/ us /sɑːlv/

B1 to find an answer to a problem:

to solve a problem
to solve a mystery/puzzle
Just calm down - shouting won't solve anything!
This strategy could cause more problems than it solves.
The police are still no nearer to solving the crime.

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  • I've been trying to solve this problem all week, but I still haven't cracked it.
  • Wars never solve anything.
  • In the end they solved their problems and she had him back .
  • No one has solved the problem of what to do with radioactive waste.
  • Scientists have been trying to solve this puzzle for years.

(Definition of “solve” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"solve" in American English

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solveverb [ T ]

us /sɑlv, sɔlv/

to find an answer to a problem:

The arrests have not solved the mystery of what happened to the stolen cash.
solvable
adjective us /ˈsɑl·və·bəl, ˈsɔl-/ also soluble, /ˈsɑl·jə·bəl/

Hunger in this city is a solvable problem.

(Definition of “solve” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)