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mystify

verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈmɪs.tɪ.faɪ/ us  
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.
mystifying
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/ us  
After ten years her mystifying disappearance was still unexplained.
mystifyingly
adverb uk   /-ɪŋ.li/ us  
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