Anything that is difficult to understand or make sense of.
Where he went after he left the house is a puzzle.
A game for one person that is more or less difficult to work out or complete.
A crossword puzzle.
A jigsaw puzzle.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Conundrum, a word of unknown origin, signifies some question or statement in which some hidden and fanciful resemblance is involved, the answer often depending upon a pun; an enigma is a dark saying; a paradox is a true statement that at first appears absurd or contradictory; a problem is something thrown out for solution; puzzle (from oppose) referred originally to the intricate arguments by which disputants opposed each other in the old philosophic schools. The riddle is an ambiguous or paradoxical statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed by the mental acuteness of the one to whom it is proposed; the riddle is not so petty as the conundrum, and may require much acuteness for its answer; a problem may require simply study and scholarship, as a problem in mathematics; a puzzle may be in something other than verbal statement, as a dissected map or any perplexing mechanical contrivance. Both enigma and puzzle may be applied to any matter difficult of answer or solution, enigma conveying an idea of greater dignity, puzzle applying to something more commonplace and mechanical; there are many dark enigmas in human life and in the course of providence; the location of a missing object is often a puzzle.
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puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teasernoun
a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
"he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
a game that tests your ingenuity
perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb
be a mystery or bewildering to
"This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
drum, lay, take, cause, receive, get at, outfox, wash up, foil, start, besot, father, experience, mystify, pound, rile, stun, have, become, sustain, stay, put, scram, regulate, drive, start out, amaze, stimulate, sire, model, devil, cohere, sting, engender, get to, cleave, go, fix, scotch, pay back, annoy, stick, suffer, beat up, beat, set about, trounce, get down, thrum, incur, posture, stick by, draw, contract, bring forth, grow, dumbfound, stupefy, exhaust, overreach, stick around, set out, agitate, flap, rag, crush, arrest, stick to, develop, outwit, throw, bring, bewilder, nettle, irritate, mother, set, personate, stir up, lodge, quiver, buzz off, catch, present, scramble, wedge, shake up, make, beget, flummox, stand by, thump, cross, get, generate, bind, complicate, nark, find, outsmart, deposit, cling, obtain, vex, worry, pose, adhere, capture, position, aim, induce, ticktack, spoil, perplex, work over, tucker out, raise up, bother, bunk, gravel, begin, disturb, impersonate, fetch, discombobulate, circumvent, let, get under one's skin, frustrate, sit, astound, arrive, tick, produce, pulsate, convey, thwart, bond, acquire, come, bemuse, tucker, commove, pay off, bilk, astonish, ticktock, bugger off, beat out, hold fast, chafe, vanquish, shell, stay put, place, nonplus, commence, baffle
be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide
"We puzzled over her sudden departure"
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How to use puzzle in a sentence?
How do you stay in this market and do the least damage to your core business - that's the puzzle everybody is focusing on now.
No one knew I existed because no one told them I existed. My mom told nobody. My dad told nobody, and if it wasn't for the law changing in North Carolina and for me able to get my daddy's death certificate, I wouldn't be able to put the rest of my life's puzzle pieces together.
As we started building out the family structure, it became apparent to us that this was most likely a recessive disorder, with more information and more technological advancement in terms of being able to look at genes, we were able to put this puzzle together.
It was a maze, with bats and monkeys inhabiting its every corner, but we were intrigued! We wanted to solve the puzzle.
It means the intel is good enough that they're not guessing, but have enough pieces of the puzzle to confidently make out the image.
Translations for puzzle
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- معضلة, لغز, بازل, أحجيةArabic
- башватҡыс, йомаҡBashkir
- záhada, hádanka, hlavolamCzech
- Puzzle, Geduldspiel, Rätsel, [[durcheinander]] [[bringen]], verwirren, GeduldsspielGerman
- dejar perplejo, rompecabezas, intrigar, puzle, desconcertar, enigmaSpanish
- pähkinä, pulma, tehtävä, arvoitus, askarruttaaFinnish
- puzzle, casse-tête, jeu de patience, mystère, devinette, énigmeFrench
- dubh-fhacalScottish Gaelic
- rejtvény, kirakós játékHungarian
- rompicapo, indovinello, misteroItalian
- 判じ物, 謎, パズルJapanese
- whakapōkaikaha, panga, whakapōkīkīMāori
- гатанка, загаткаMacedonian
- verwarren, raadsel, hersenbreker, mysterie, verbijsteren, puzzel, in de war brengenDutch
- rebus, łamigłówka, zagadkaPolish
- enigma, confundir, desconcertar, intrigar, desafio, charadaPortuguese
- загадка, ребус, затруднение, головоломка, пазлRussian
- zȁgonētka, загонетка, smȅsti, zbúnitiSerbo-Croatian
- hlavolam, hádankaSlovak
- pussel, huvudbry, gåtaSwedish
- головоломка, пазл, загадкаUkrainian
- câu đốVietnamese
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