\ ˈdāz How to pronounce daze (audio) \
dazed; dazing

Definition of daze

transitive verb

1 : to stupefy especially by a blow : stun The first punch dazed him. were dazed by his response
2 : to dazzle with light dazed by the bright sun

Other Words from daze

daze noun
He flung his bat in a daze and made a slow trot around the bases … — Steve Wulf He sometimes finds himself so focused on cyberspace that he falls into a kind of computer daze, losing all track of time. — Leslie Miller

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Examples of daze in a Sentence

the fall dazed him for a moment, causing him to become disoriented a skier dazed by the glare from the snow
Recent Examples on the Web Two assists on two big baskets at a critical moment to daze Indiana. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 3 Mar. 2021 The Spartans dialed up three plays of 25-plus yards in the first half to daze the Wolverines’ defense. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2020 Even the Progressives, who tended to favor more state and federal responsibility, must have been dazed at the expansion of government action beyond the conventional arenas of public policy. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2020 Right after their shows, designers often resemble brides: dazed, surrounded by gushing well-wishers. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, 2 Sep. 2019 For the second time during the Stanley Cup playoffs, the St. Louis Blues took advantage of an opponent being dazed by scoring a key goal. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 6 June 2019 But this time, the player was dazed as a result of an uncalled penalty by a Blues player. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 6 June 2019 The beavers, not being natural aviators, were reportedly left dazed by this. Aja Romano, Vox, 11 Aug. 2019 Videos showed people being beaten on the floor and left bloodied and dazed. James Griffiths, CNN, 24 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of daze

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for daze

Middle English dasen, from Old Norse *dasa; akin to Old Norse dasask to become exhausted

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“Daze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daze. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for daze


\ ˈdāz How to pronounce daze (audio) \
dazed; dazing

Kids Definition of daze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to stun by or as if by a blow She was dazed by all the questions.
2 : to dazzle with light Headlights dazed the crossing deer.



Kids Definition of daze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state of not being able to think or act as quickly as normal

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