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English definition of “mystify”

mystify

verb [T often passive]     /ˈmɪs.tɪ.faɪ/
to confuse someone by being or doing something very strange or impossible to explain: I was mystified by her decision. Most Americans seem totally mystified by cricket.Puzzle and confuseDifficult to understand mystifying     /-ɪŋ/ adjective After ten years her mystifying disappearance was still unexplained.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused mystifyingly     /-ɪŋ.li/ adverb Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
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