\ˈmāz \
mazed; mazing

Definition of maze 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : stupefy, daze



Definition of maze (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a confusing intricate network of passages

b : something confusingly elaborate or complicated a maze of regulations

2 chiefly dialectal : a state of bewilderment

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mazelike \-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of maze in a Sentence


I'm completely mazed by the multitude of plans for health insurance.


The experiment measured the time it took for a mouse to find its way through a maze to get its reward of cheese. The school is a maze of classrooms. a maze of rules and regulations
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Tens of millions of dollars more passed each month through a maze of personal accounts at Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank, Manufacturers Hanover Trust, UBS, Bowery Savings and United Mizrahi, an Israeli bank. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 This control determines the path that photons take through the maze. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer," 5 Sep. 2018 The Social Security Administration was an ugly maze of dark corridors teeming with people who seemed haunted by misery. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "Lessons From a Racial Bungle," 28 Oct. 2018 What's more, pillow shopping is a maze of products featuring proprietary cooling gels and memory foams promising you the snooze of your life. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Find the Perfect Pillow and Finally Get a Good Night's Sleep," 3 Oct. 2018 OdySea Mirror Maze Duck and crawl your way through a laser maze or try to make your way through halls of mirrors at this attraction at the OdySea in the Desert in Scottsdale. Wendy Killeen, azcentral, "Indoor playgrounds, trampoline parks and places in Phoenix kids can play and stay cool," 24 May 2018 One of our favorites is the Conner Prairie corn maze northeast of Indianapolis. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 For any new presidential team, the challenges of adapting to Washington include navigating a capital with its own unceasing rhythms and high-pitched atmospherics, not to mention a maze of madness-inducing traffic circles. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "‘Viciousness’: Trump aides endure public fury toward president’s policies," 9 July 2018 Over the years, flood insurance subsidies have become a tricky maze of rules and expenses that raise a lot of questions. Kimberly Dark, Curbed, "Living on the edge," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of maze


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maze


Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of maze

: a complicated and confusing system of connected passages

: a confusing collection or mixture of things (such as rules)


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Kids Definition of maze

: a confusing arrangement of paths or passages


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Medical Definition of maze 

: a path complicated by at least one blind alley and used in learning experiments and in intelligence tests

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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