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puzzle

 
Noun puzzle has 2 senses
  1. puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
    --1 is a kind of problem
    Derived forms: verb puzzle2, verb puzzle1
  2. puzzle - a toy that tests your ingenuity
    --2 is a kind of
    plaything, toy
    --2 has particulars: Chinese puzzle; jigsaw puzzle; tangram
Verb puzzle has 2 senses
  1. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
    --1 is one way to confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate
    Derived forms: noun puzzle1, noun puzzlement1, noun puzzler1
    Sample sentences:
    The bad news will puzzle him
    The good news will puzzle her
    The performance is likely to puzzle Sue
  2. puzzle - be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide; "We puzzled over her sudden departure"
    --2 is one way to
    chew over, think over, meditate, ponder, excogitate, contemplate, muse, reflect, mull, mull over, ruminate, speculate
    Derived forms: noun puzzle1, noun puzzlement1
    Sample sentence:
    Sam and Sue puzzle over the results of the experiment
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