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puzzle

noun uk   /ˈpʌz.l̩/ us  
C2 [S] a situation that is difficult to understand: Scientists have been trying to solve this puzzle for years. A2 [C] a game or toy in which you have to fit separate pieces together, or a problem or question that you have to answer by using your skill or knowledge: a jigsaw puzzle a crossword puzzle a puzzle book

puzzle

verb [I + adv/prep, T] uk   /ˈpʌz.l̩/ us  
C1 to cause someone to feel confused and slightly worried because they cannot understand something, or to think hard about something in order to understand it: The findings of the survey puzzle me - they're not at all what I would have expected. [+ question word] It puzzles me why she said that. Management are still puzzling about/over how the accident could have happened.
(Definition of puzzle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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