\ 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 maze (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 Once back in character, Nyong’o attempted blending into the Horror Nights maze to scare unsuspecting guests. Nick Romano,, 30 Oct. 2019 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,, 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The partners, especially Owen May, would have to successfully navigate a maze of urgent issues. Randall Lane, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 In the meantime, groups like Public Counsel, where Boyer is employed, are working case by case through a maze of federal agencies to bring deported veterans back. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 And now, dozens of community groups around the state have been enlisted to help pump out rent relief funds through a maze of city, county and state programs funded by the federal government. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021 Fortunately, there are some parameters that help guide Rebholz through a maze of possibilities. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2021 As for the viewers at home, many grew frazzled trying to weave their way through a maze of broadcast, cable and streaming options. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2021 Travelers navigate the maze of airport security lines and try not to look like a terrorist. Beth Thames |, al, 21 July 2021 Residents living amid the maze of rivers and bayous along the state’s Gulf Coast retreated desperately to their attics or roofs and posted their addresses on social media with instructions for search-and-rescue teams on where to find them. Rebecca Santana, Jay Reeves And Kevin Mcgill, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Aug. 2021 At the presidential palace — set in the heart of Kabul, but behind a maze of blast walls that cut it off from much of the city — the morning unfolded with a bracing normality. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021

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

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“Maze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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