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Main Entry: 1puz·zle
Inflected Form(s): puz·zled; puz·zling /-(-)li/ 1: to confuse the understanding of 2: to solve with difficulty or cleverness - puz·zler /-(-)lr/ noun synonymsPUZZLE, PERPLEX, MYSTIFY mean to baffle (someone) by preventing the understanding of something. PUZZLE suggests that a particular part of something is hard to understand or explain <it is the cause of the disease that puzzles doctors>. PERPLEX adds a suggestion of worry or distress <perplexed by the sudden departure of their friend>. MYSTIFY stresses the completeness of one's failure to understand <the magic trick mystified the audience>.