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English definition of “puzzle over sth”

puzzle over sth

phrasal verb with puzzle     /ˈpʌz.l̩/ verb [I + adv/prep, T]
to try to solve a problem or understand a situation by thinking carefully about it: Scientists are puzzling over the results of the research on the drug.Thinking and contemplatingConfusion, confusing and feeling confused
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