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solve,  resolve ?

     
     

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: These two words seem to be interchangeable as far as dealing a problem is concerned.

What is the main difference between them ? Some dictionaries won't give a clear cut explantion to it, though.

 

   

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MikeinNewYork

( English expert )

 

Both words have meanings that overlap and those that don't. The word "solve" is confined to "finding a solution". One can solve a problem, but one can also solve a puzzle, solve a mathematics equation, etc. One does not usually resolve puzzles or equations. One can also resolve a problem. This can mean finding a solution, but it usually extends beyond that -- to making the problem go away.

     
 
 
 

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