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SOLVE, verb transitive solv. [Latin solvo.]

1. Properly, to loosen or separate the parts of any thing; hence, to explain; to resolve; to eclaircise; to unfold; to clear up; as what is obscure or difficult to be understood; as, to solve questions; to solve difficulties or a problem. When God shall solve the dark decrees of fate.

2. To remove; to dissipate; as, to solve doubts.