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English definition of “baffle”


verb [T]     /ˈbæf.l̩/
to cause someone to be completely unable to understand or explain something: She was completely baffled by his strange behaviour.Puzzle and confuseDifficult to understand bafflement     /-mənt/ noun [U] Confusion, confusing and feeling confused baffling     /ˈbæf.lɪŋ/ adjective I found what he was saying completely baffling.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
(Definition of baffle verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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