solvesolve /sɒlv $ sɑːlv/ ●●●S2W3 verb [transitive]1SOLVE/DEAL WITH A PROBLEMto find or provide a way of dealing with a problem → solutionCharlie thinks money will solve all his problems.the best way of solving our dilemma2SOLVE/FIND THE ANSWERANSWER/RESULTto find the correctanswer to a problem or the explanation for something that is difficult to understand → solutionsolve a crime/mystery/case etcMore than 70% of murder cases were solved last year.attempts to solve a mathematical equationsolve a puzzle/riddle —solvable adjectiveCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: to find or provide a way of dealing with a problemnounssolve a problemHe solved the problem by moving the aggressive fish to a separate tank.solve a crisisCongress had not been able to solve the financial crisis.solve a dispute/conflictThey have agreed to solve their disputes solely by peaceful means.solve a dilemmaCan you solve my dilemma?solve somebody's difficultiesYou can't solve your difficulties by running away.solve a questionDid they really think the Jerusalem question would be solved in a week?COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: to find the correct answer to a problem or the explanation for something that is difficult to understandnounssolve a crime/caseThe crime was never solved.solve a murderPolice have called for witnesses to help them solve the murder.solve a mysteryStaff at the library think they have solved the mystery.solve a puzzleYou progress through the game by solving puzzles.solve a riddleThey still haven't really solved the riddle of how the pyramids were built.solve an equationAt the age of six, he could solve complicated mathematical equations. → See Verb table