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Definition of puzzle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a game, etc. that you have to think about carefully in order to answer it or do it a crossword puzzle a book of puzzles for children
  2. 2= jigsaw
  3. 3[usually singular] something that is difficult to understand or explain synonym mystery The deeper meaning of the poem remains a puzzle. The detectives were beginning to solve the murder. All the pieces in the puzzle were falling neatly into place.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: puzzle