Meaning of SOLUTION in English

so ‧ lu ‧ tion S2 W1 /səˈluːʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ solution , ↑ solvent , ↑ solubility , ↑ insolvency ; adjective : ↑ soluble ≠ ↑ insoluble , ↑ unsolved , ↑ solvent ≠ ↑ insolvent , ↑ solvable ≠ ↑ insolvable ; verb : ↑ solve ; adverb : ↑ insolvably ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin solutio , from solvere ; ⇨ ↑ solve ]

1 . [countable] a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation ⇨ solve :

The best solution would be for them to separate.

solution to/for

There are no simple solutions to the problem of overpopulation.

2 . [countable] the correct answer to a problem in an exercise or competition SYN answer ⇨ solve

solution to

The solution to last week’s puzzle is on page 12.

3 . [uncountable and countable] a liquid in which a solid or gas has been mixed:

a weak sugar solution

saline solution

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■ adjectives

▪ a good solution

A good solution is to harvest the crop early in September.

▪ the best/perfect/ideal solution

Locking people in prison is not necessarily the ideal solution.

▪ an effective solution

The government has failed to come up with an effective solution.

▪ a satisfactory solution (=good enough)

We will not rest until a satisfactory solution is found.

▪ a neat solution (=simple and clever)

This sounded like a neat solution to the skills shortage.

▪ the only solution

The only solution is to greatly reduce our use of water.

▪ the real solution (=the only good solution)

The real solution to the waste problem is to produce much less waste.

▪ a possible solution

There are three possible solutions to this problem.

▪ an alternative solution

We need to look for alternative solutions.

▪ a simple/easy solution

There is no easy solution to this problem.

▪ a quick/speedy solution

We need to find a quick solution.

▪ a practical/workable solution (=one that is really possible)

They've had to find practical solutions to practical problems.

▪ a long-term solution (=one that will be effective for a long time)

A long-term solution to the problem will not be possible until that conflict is resolved.

▪ a quick-fix solution (=one that solves a problem for a short time only)

He has accused the government of looking for quick-fix solutions.

▪ a peaceful/political solution (=one that does not involve fighting)

We will continue to work strenuously for a political solution acceptable to all parties.

■ verbs

▪ find/come up with a solution

We are working together to find the best solution we can.

▪ seek/look for a solution

The company is still seeking a solution to its financial problems.

▪ provide/offer a solution

I don't think that tourism will provide a long-term solution to rural employment problems.

▪ suggest/put forward a solution

The chairman put forward a possible solution.

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■ a mxture of chemical substances

▪ compound a chemical substance that contains atoms of two or more ↑ element s :

common chemical compounds such as sodium chloride

▪ solution a liquid mixed with a solid or a gas:

a weak sugar solution

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.