solutionso‧lu‧tion /səˈluːʃən/ ●●●S2W1 noun1[countable]SOLVE/DEAL WITH A PROBLEM a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation → solveThe best solution would be for them to separate.solution to/forThere are no simple solutions to the problem of overpopulation.2[countable]ANSWER/RESULT the correctanswer to a problem in an exercise or competitionSYN answer, → solvesolution toThe solution to last week’s puzzle is on page 12.3[countable, uncountable]HC a liquid in which a solid or gas has been mixeda weak sugar solutionsaline solutionCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa good solutionA good solution is to harvest the crop early in September.the best/perfect/ideal solutionLocking people in prison is not necessarily the ideal solution.an effective solutionThe government has failed to come up with an effective solution.a satisfactory solution (=good enough)We will not rest until a satisfactory solution is found.a neat solution (=simple and clever)This sounded like a neat solution to the skills shortage.the only solutionThe only solution is to greatly reduce our use of water.the real solution (=the only good solution)The real solution to the waste problem is to produce much less waste.a possible solutionThere are three possible solutions to this problem.an alternative solutionWe need to look for alternative solutions.a simple/easy solutionThere is no easy solution to this problem.a quick/speedy solutionWe need to find a quick solution.a practical/workable solution (=one that is really possible)They've had to find practical solutions to practical problems.a long-term solution (=one that will be effective for a long time)A long-term solution to the problem will not be possible until that conflict is resolved.a quick-fix solution (=one that solves a problem for a short time only)He has accused the government of looking for quick-fix solutions.a peaceful/political solution (=one that does not involve fighting)We will continue to work strenuously for a political solution acceptable to all parties.verbsfind/come up with a solutionWe are working together to find the best solution we can.seek/look for a solutionThe company is still seeking a solution to its financial problems.provide/offer a solutionI don't think that tourism will provide a long-term solution to rural employment problems.suggest/put forward a solutionThe chairman put forward a possible solution.

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solution• We can help you find a solution to all your financial problems.• Sleepingtablets are not the best solution to insomnia as they upset the naturalrhythm of sleep.• Making the parts smaller is the cheapestsolution, but is it the best one?• We are now going to measure the boiling points of the different solutions.• One solution to this problem is for two or more classes to collaborate on a project.• A dentist could put in a temporary filling, but that's not the perfectsolution.• One possiblesolution might be to borrow the money.• Make a saltsolution by dissolving 9 tablespoonfuls of cooking salt in a pint of water.• The colour change can be obscured by dirt in the solution.• It was a difficult equation, but it took her only five minutes to work out the solution.• The solution is then completed in the usual way.• The solution to both problems was already on the table three years ago.• The solution to this week's puzzle will be published in next week's magazine.• But the movie tells the wrongstory, getting detoured into a murderinvestigation whose solution is far too obvious.solution to/for• Its credibility has been severely damaged and its attempts to find a solution to the problem have resulted in abjectfailure.• One day Russell presents Baldwin with a solution to both of their dilemmas.• A solution to this dilemma is not on the horizon since it is in reality a matter of individualsensitivity.• Most find the easiestsolution to the problem is to avoid it wherever possible.• Instinctively, it seemed that there must be an easy solution to a prob-lem made of mud.• A single system for all seemed an obvious solution to such problems.• More than half the builders offered other solutions to the fee problem.• Mr Holt is keen to find a practicalsolution to better protect the environment.• City council members are still seekingsolutions to the problem of unemployment.solution to• The solution to last week's puzzle is on page 12.Originsolution(1300-1400)Old FrenchLatinsolutio, from solvere; → SOLVE