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Verb
To cause (someone) to be confused or perplexed
“Jim is starting to puzzle us with his questions, so we must learn to see things as he does.”
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To cause (someone) to be astonished or dumbfounded
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“I feared my involuntary reaction to his dazzling revelation would puzzle Dan, but he just smiled indulgently at his emotional mother.”
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To cause alarm or dismay to
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“Isabelle's apparent change of heart would puzzle me greatly.”
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To think hard about something because one cannot understand it
“His mind flew from one wild idea to another as he tried to puzzle out the reason she was closeted in her room like that.”
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To solve or decipher a problem by thinking hard
“I racked my brains in order to puzzle out a solution to this amazing mystery.”
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To consider or give serious or careful thought to
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To cause to fail or to leave hopelessly puzzled, confused, or stuck
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Noun
A toy, game, or question presenting a problem that requires skill or ingenuity for its solution
“If you have a few minutes to yourself, why not have a little fun with this puzzle?”
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Something that perplexes or that is difficult to understand or solve
“If we say that the architectural process needs to evolve continuously, the question of how exactly to evolve is still a huge puzzle.”
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A difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation
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A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true
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A poem or other text in which certain letters, often the first in each line, spell out a name or message
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A feeling or attitude that one does not know the truth of someone or something
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A test of knowledge, especially as a competition
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Something made up of many confused or conflicting elements
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A hidden problem or disadvantage in an apparently ideal situation
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A saw with fine teeth and a narrow blade which can cut curves in wood or metal
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The state or condition of being difficult
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A system of words, letters, figures, or symbols used to represent others, especially for the purposes of secrecy
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A matter or concern or a topic of discussion
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