To work out a correct solution to (a problem).(verb-transitive)
To solve an equation: Insert the values of the constants and solve for x. (verb-intransitive)
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Use "solve" in a sentence
"Too often the result of such instruction is students who can add when told to add, or solve quadratic equations when told to �solve the following quadratic equations,� but cannot decide when to use these techniques in solving problems."
"I want to travel, see the sites, maybe solve some -- "She almost said _solve some murders_, but finished lamely," -- solve some problems in magnesium technology. ""
"Always, the main problem to solve is to help the user to find "the needle in the haystack"."