maze

verb
\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \
mazed; mazing

Definition of maze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : stupefy, daze

maze

noun

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

Noun

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

Examples of maze in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

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: Verb

Check out a teaser above for the Us attraction, which will elicit shrieks alongside the parks’ first-ever Ghostbusters maze and another turn for Stranger Things. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Universal's Halloween Horror Nights to feature maze inspired by Jordan Peele's Us," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The maze is open Tuesday through Sunday until Sept. 22. oregonlive, "Aggressive cougar killed near Corvallis: Morning briefing for Thursday, Sept. 5," 5 Sep. 2019 The corn maze, which opens Aug. 31 and runs through Nov. 3, is open Wednesday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10; children 4 to 12 are $5; 3 and under free. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Say goodbye to summer: 11 things to do over Labor Day weekend," 26 Aug. 2019 The warehouse was a maze of workspaces, with wooden furniture and musical instruments piled up. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Ghost Ship Fire Defendant Takes Stand," 9 July 2019 The space resembled an industrial Santa’s workshop, a complicated maze of automatic machines that rolled, spun and packed countless rolls of toilet paper. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 The space resembled an industrial Santa’s workshop, a complicated maze of automatic machines that rolled, spun and packed countless rolls of toilet paper. Fortune, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: Koch Industries Faces a Safety Crisis at Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 No, not the modern, 21-and-up, craft beer-focused bars with a curated array of old coin-op machines, but the messy, maze-like spaces that utilized way too much ultraviolet lighting and where I was once forced to ration my quarters. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "What to play: Beyond ‘198X’s’ love letter to video arcades, how games shape our worldviews," 29 July 2019 Her four children were still asleep in her concrete block house in Abobo, a maze of shops and houses occupied by dockworkers, taxi drivers, factory laborers and street sellers. Anemona Hartocollis, BostonGlobe.com, "Less waste and more schools, one plastic brick at a time," 27 July 2019 Her four children were still asleep in her cement block house in Abobo, a maze of shops and houses occupied by dockworkers, taxi drivers, factory laborers and street sellers. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "Less Trash, More Schools — One Plastic Brick at a Time," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of maze

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

History and Etymology for maze

Verb

Middle English

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Dictionary Entries near maze

Mazdayasnian

Mazdean

mazdoor

maze

mazedly

mazedness

mazeful

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The first known use of maze was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for maze

maze

noun

English Language Learners Definition of maze

: a complicated and confusing system of connected passages
: a confusing collection or mixture of things (such as rules)

maze

noun
\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \

Kids Definition of maze

: a confusing arrangement of paths or passages

maze

noun
\ ˈmāz How to pronounce maze (audio) \

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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