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English verb: solve

1. solve (cognition) find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

SamplesDid you solve the problem?.
Work out your problems with the boss.
This unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out.
Did you get it?.
Did you get my meaning?.
He could not work the math problem.

Synonymsfigure out, lick, puzzle out, work, work out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)understand

Narrower (hyponym)answer, answer, break, guess, infer, resolve, riddle, strike


2. solve (cognition) find the solution

SamplesSolve an equation.
Solve for x.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)calculate, cipher, compute, cypher, figure, reckon, work out

Narrower (hyponym)factorise, factorize

3. solve (communication) settle, as of a debt

SamplesClear a debt.
Solve an old debt.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)determine, settle, square off, square up

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