\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \
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 \ ˈmāz-​ˌlīk How to pronounce mazelike (audio) \ 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

Greece Shutterstock Located in the picturesque island of Santorini in the South Aegean, Oia is a photogenic stopover with a colorful maze of shops, restaurants, and cafes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Baleen whales have a maze of ear bones that fuse to their skull, leading scientists to suppose the skull helps whales hear. Jeremy Rehm, Science | AAAS, "Whale skulls act like antennas, CT scans reveal," 23 Apr. 2018 On the home side, referees conduct video reviews with oversized headsets and undersized tablets that are stored amid a maze of wires. Alex Prewitt,, "Enter the Sin Bin: What It's Like to Be Sent to 'Adult Timeout' in the NHL," 17 Apr. 2018 The buildings are connected by a fun maze of metal grid walkways and steep stairs that suggest a set for a mystery thriller. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit loft in old factory off Trumbull includes crystal chandeliers," 14 Apr. 2018 The animals are then treated with the drug and put in the maze again. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 They got lost in a maze of ribbons suspended from the ceiling and meandered through abstractions of a kitchen, bathroom, and office. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Both dogs and sheep were able to get to the end of the maze more quickly. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 From getting kidnapped in the middle of a corn maze to a dark, mysterious figure coming out from a tree, Sabrina will try to make her way out of certain spots in order to survive. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Hidden Clues from the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Trailer That You Probably Missed," 3 Oct. 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)


\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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