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English noun: puzzle

1. puzzle (communication) a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution

SamplesHe loved to solve chessmate puzzles.
That's a real puzzler.

Synonymsmystifier, puzzler, teaser

Broader (hypernym)problem

Narrower (hyponym)acrostic, sudoku, word square

2. puzzle (artifact) a game that tests your ingenuity

Broader (hypernym)game

Narrower (hyponym)Chinese puzzle, crossword, crossword puzzle, jigsaw puzzle, tangram

English verb: puzzle

1. puzzle (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to

SamplesThis beats me!.
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.

ExamplesThe bad news will puzzle him, The good news will puzzle her, The performance is likely to puzzle Sue

Synonymsamaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, stick, stupefy, vex

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

Narrower (hyponym)elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump

2. puzzle (emotion) be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide

SamplesWe puzzled over her sudden departure.

ExamplesSam and Sue puzzle over the results of the experiment

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over

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