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puzzlenoun

uk   us   /ˈpʌz.l̩/

puzzleverb [I + adv/prep, T]

uk   us   /ˈpʌz.l̩/
C1 to ​cause someone to ​feelconfused and ​slightlyworried 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.

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(Definition of puzzle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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puzzlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpʌz·əl/
something that is ​difficult to ​understand: Their ​son is a puzzle to them. The ​police are ​trying to ​solve the puzzle of who ​sent them the ​letter. A puzzle is also a ​game or ​toy in which you have to ​fitseparatepieces together, or a ​problem or ​question which you have to ​answer by using ​yourskill or ​knowledge: a ​jigsaw/​crossword puzzle
puzzled
adjective  us   /ˈpʌz·əld/
She ​looked puzzled, then ​suspicious.
(Definition of puzzle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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