\ 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

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 The qubits then pass through a single gate that consists of a maze of interferometers (the linear operation used to construct the gates). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer," 5 Sep. 2018 And the maze was a message that worked on Akecheta, one of the earliest hosts ever built, whose tribe initially occupied Westworld as peaceful farmers, before paying customers were allowed into the park. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ghost Nation, Revealed," 10 June 2018 Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, and Priah Ferguson all walked through the terrifying maze, which re-creates parts of the show’s infamous alternate world. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Stranger Things Cast Visits Real-Life Upside Down at Universal Studios," 25 Sep. 2018 And, if your kid disappears into the giant tube maze for 30 minutes, no need to worry about losing your $9. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Chuck E. Cheese's game-changing new policy makes it easier to get kids out of the house," 10 July 2018 To make up for the money lost on the farm, the Adam family run a corn maze, farm tours, and Cynthia works full time. Liz Rieth, Post-Tribune, "Low milk prices contributing to loss of Indiana dairy farms," 3 July 2018 The series concludes in October with Staehly Farm Winery's Fall Flavor Festival, a harvest festival with wine tastings, multiple food trucks, live music, hay rides, a kids hay maze, pumpkin patch, and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 2 July 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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