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 Once back in character, Nyong’o attempted blending into the Horror Nights maze to scare unsuspecting guests. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lupita Nyong'o reprises Us role to shock guests at Halloween Horror Nights," 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, 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 Attractions at this Johnson County farm include bounce houses, pony rides, a petting zoo and a wooden maze. Dallas News, "Autumn at the Arboretum kicks off fall fun this weekend," 18 Sep. 2020 Halloween Spooktacular is returning with the addition of a maze and the park continues its movies in the parking lot with Halloween films. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts, orlandosentinel.com, "PODCAST: How to celebrate Halloween at Disney, Universal and Seaworld (Ep. 66)," 17 Sep. 2020 But for this year’s maze, Joey Morona reports, Mapleside has shifted away from the sports theme and opted for a message promoting peace, hope, unity and love. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "New Ohio House speaker begins process to repeal House Bill 6: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020," 1 Sep. 2020 At the height of the vending wars in 2014, the area was swamped with nearly 30 vending carts, creating a smoky maze in front of the museum. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "At the Met, a Promising Sign: The ‘Hot Dog King’ Is Back in Business," 28 Aug. 2020 Sitting on one-third of an acre, the maze dates back to the 1690s and has been referenced in literature and scientific research. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How Climate Change Is Affecting the Royal Palace Gardens," 18 Aug. 2020 Also, the Watching newsletter, which comes out four times per week, serves as a curated guide through the maze. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, "A Final Episode for the TV Listings," 28 Aug. 2020 Instead, cinematographer Xavier Grobet, also Emmy-nominated for the episode, was able to pursue his vision of a real mirror maze. Lynn Elber, chicagotribune.com, "‘Watchmen’ director is among women making an Emmy splash," 28 Aug. 2020 Tweedy and his colleagues found that Dicty lived up to its reputation, rapidly solving a complex maze in an hour that could take the tortoiselike pancreatic cancer cells several days. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Cells Solve an English Hedge Maze with the Same Skills They Use to Traverse the Body," 28 Aug. 2020

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

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“Maze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maze. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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