verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmis-tə-ˌfī\

: to confuse (someone) completely


Full Definition of MYSTIFY

transitive verb
:  to perplex the mind of :  bewilder
:  to make mysterious or obscure <mystify an interpretation of a prophecy>
mys·ti·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun
mys·ti·fy·ing·ly \-ˌfī-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of MYSTIFY

  1. The cause of the disease mystified doctors for many years.
  2. The magician has been mystifying his audiences for years with his amazing tricks.

Origin of MYSTIFY

French mistifier, from mystère mystery, from Latin mysterium
First Known Use: 1814

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MYSTIFY Defined for Kids


verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmi-stə-ˌfī\

Definition of MYSTIFY for Kids

:  to confuse or bewilder completely <His strange behavior has mystified us.>


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