\ 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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Other Words from maze


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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Paradise will not be open to the public for some time; the city is still a maze of closed roads and ruin, with workers in cranes trimming trees and fixing power lines. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Nearly a month after the Camp Fire began razing their towns, Californians return to ruin," 5 Dec. 2018 Tickled to meet two Yanqui travelers, Eduardo opened a rusty grille and led us into a maze of dark tunnels, where flickering lightbulbs revealed old Cuban uniforms and a shards of the American U-2 spy plane shot down during the standoff. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 Even if that continues, the outcome could be affected if the City Council rejects the tentative contract with SPOG, which, according to the city, would throw the negotiations into a maze of labor and legal proceedings that could last years. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Fight over Seattle police contract goes to federal court," 3 Nov. 2018 Inside the Triennale di Milano now is a retrospective of the acclaimed Korean artist Haegue Yang anchored by Cittadella, or Citadel, an installation that invites visitors to step into an elaborate maze made up of 176 venetian blinds. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 The complex was transformed into a dark maze of cells where the Army of Islam held hundreds of people over the years, including opponents. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "Clues but no answers in one of Syria war's biggest mysteries," 13 Aug. 2018 But a heavy rain started falling and the cave complex quickly began to fill with water, forcing them deeper into the maze to avoid drowning. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "How Rescuers Pulled Off the Impossible in a Treacherous Thai Cave," 10 July 2018 The maze had been in McCarty Park, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave., but closed at the end of June. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driven from West Allis by vandals, the Milwaukee Maze has two potential new locations," 2 July 2018 On Easter Sunday, Jesse Hernandez, 13, plunged into the maze of sewage pipes beneath Griffith Park and was lost in a toxic area so hazardous that rescuers could not lower themselves down to look for him. Laura J. Nelson,, "Inside the frantic search for the 13-year-old boy lost deep in L.A. waterworks," 3 Apr. 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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