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mazed; mazing

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : stupefy, daze


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: a confusing intricate network of passages
: something confusingly elaborate or complicated
a maze of regulations
chiefly dialectal : a state of bewilderment
mazelike adjective

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
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
The game’s final image, accompanied only by music, is a bird’s-eye view of an endless maze, extending to the horizon in every direction. Gabriel Winslow-yost, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 Starring David Bowie, Labyrinth is about a girl who needs to get to the middle of a maze to rescue her younger brother. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 19 July 2022 The tower gives an aerial view of the maze, which opened in 2016 and is inspired by HRH’s memories of his childhood visits to Sandringham. Stephanie Petit,, 21 Jan. 2022 The property’s scattering of aboveground tombs don’t offer much relief, either, as they’re mostly hidden within a maze of gardens and courtyards. Greg Melville, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Sep. 2022 Schultz found a crease within a maze of bodies in front of the net and blasted the puck through to make it 2-0, and Oshie finished off a pass from Kuznetsov on a 2-on-1 break to make it 3-0. Tim Reynolds, Sun Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Kids can trick or treat through a kid-friendly maze. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 26 Oct. 2022 Enjoy tractor rides, a corn maze and the pumpkin patch. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 Adnan Syed could get millions, but exonerated people often face a legal maze in the U.S. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Maze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



: a confusing complicated network of passages
: something complicated or elaborate
a confusing maze of regulations

Medical Definition



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

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