Definition of solution in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈluːʃ(ə)n/


1A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation: there are no easy solutions to financial and marital problems
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  • The promotion of the article page was simply a short-term solution to a difficult situation.
  • The decision to divest the business has not been an easy one to make but it is the only solution to a difficult and unsustainable situation.
  • The easiest solution to this situation is to address the issue right in the beginning during the initial audition.
1.1The correct answer to a puzzle: the solution to this month’s crossword
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  • No one likes having to try every object on every other one, because there's some obscure combination that will reward you with the solution to the puzzle.
  • For each of the eight vignettes, Sarah pointed most often to the photograph that depicted the correct solution.
  • An update to last week's prisoner switcheroo puzzle: the solution has been posted, and to be honest I'm disappointed.
answer, result, resolution, way out, panacea;
key, formula, guide, clue, pointer, gloss;
explanation, explication, clarification, interpretation, elucidation, exposition
1.2 (solutions) Products or services designed to meet a particular need: an Internet marketing firm specializing in e-commerce solutions
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  • Rockwell Collins is at the forefront of developing secure, next-generation GPS solutions.
  • The foundation is also active in supporting nonprofit groups that work on issues ranging from gay equality to mass transit solutions to handgun control.
  • It is very unlikely that a mass-market internet service provider in the US could fund such a move by ad-supported solutions alone.
services, work, resource(s), programme, provision, offer, proposals, competence, output, deliverables;
products, merchandise, wares, goods
2A liquid mixture in which the minor component (the solute) is uniformly distributed within the major component (the solvent): a solution of ammonia in water
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  • Some escapes as carbon dioxide from water solutions and returns to the atmosphere.
  • Unlike common air, fixed air turned lime water (a solution of calcium hydroxide) cloudy.
  • Since soap and detergents are salts, they separate into their component ions in a solution of water.
mixture, mix, blend, compound, suspension, tincture, infusion, emulsion, colloid, gel, fluid;
Chemistry  aerosol
2.1 [mass noun] The process or state of being dissolved in a solvent: gum tragacanth in solution is best used thinly on paper if we add aqueous ammonia to this precipitate, solution occurs
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  • Typically the host molecules are dissolved in solution or, alternatively, are confined to a membrane plane.
  • Metals usually make positive ions when the compounds are dissolved in solution.
  • This seminar is vital to all scientists who need to characterize polymers or biopolymers in solution.
3 [mass noun] archaic The action of separating or breaking down; dissolution: the solution of British supremacy in South Africa
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  • I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my thoughts, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the bonds of obligation.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin solutio(n-), from solvere 'loosen' (see solve).

Words that rhyme with solution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, substitution, volution

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