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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


Synonymsscreen


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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