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English noun: riddle

1. riddle (communication) a difficult problem

Synonymsbrain-teaser, conundrum, enigma

Broader (hypernym)problem

2. riddle (artifact) a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

Broader (hypernym)screen, sieve

English verb: riddle

1. riddle (contact) pierce with many holes

SamplesThe bullets riddled his body.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

2. riddle (cognition) set a difficult problem or riddle

SamplesRiddle me a riddle.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

3. riddle (contact) separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sieve, sift, strain

4. riddle (contact) spread or diffuse through

SamplesAn atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration.
Music penetrated the entire building.
His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks.

Synonymsdiffuse, imbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)spiritise, spiritize

5. riddle (communication) speak in riddles

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate

6. riddle (cognition) explain a riddle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)figure out, lick, puzzle out, solve, work, work out

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