Definition of mystify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mystify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mystify
BrE BrE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it mystifies
BrE BrE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪz//
 
past simple mystified
BrE BrE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪd//
 
past participle mystified
BrE BrE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form mystifying
BrE BrE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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mystify somebody to make somebody confused because they do not understand something synonym baffle They were totally mystified by the girl's disappearance. Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French mystifier, formed irregularly from mystique ‘mystic’ or from mystère ‘mystery’.Extra examples I’ve always been mystified why private schools are called public schools. Staff were mystified as to how the thieves managed to get away with it. The popularity of the programme mystifies me.
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