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

 

puzzle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpʌzl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌzl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puzzle
BrE BrE//ˈpʌzl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌzl//
 
he / she / it puzzles
BrE BrE//ˈpʌzlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌzlz//
 
past simple puzzled
BrE BrE//ˈpʌzld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌzld//
 
past participle puzzled
BrE BrE//ˈpʌzld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌzld//
 
-ing form puzzling
BrE BrE//ˈpʌzlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌzlɪŋ//
 
 
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puzzle somebody to make somebody feel confused because they do not understand something synonym baffle What puzzles me is why he left the country without telling anyone. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): of unknown origin.Extra examples This is something that has always puzzled me greatly. How they recognized you is what puzzles me. It has always puzzled me that he hasn’t won more tournaments. This question has puzzled scientists for decades. What puzzles me is why he left without telling anyone. Phrasal Verbspuzzle about somethingpuzzle somethingout
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