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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


Entailreason

2. solve (cognition) find the solution


SamplesSolve an equation.
Solve for x.


Synonymsresolve


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.


Synonymsclear


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


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









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