\ 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: 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,, "Universal's Halloween Horror Nights to feature maze inspired by Jordan Peele's Us," 7 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For the kids, there will also be wagon rides, a corn maze and all of the farm's regular exhibits and activities. Anne Nickoloff,, "9 things to do in Cleveland on Sunday, Sept. 15," 15 Sep. 2019 Thursdays through Sundays, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes and dog shows. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 There will be trick or treating, a corn maze and stilt walkers. Annie Alleman,, "A bounty of fall and Halloween events await the western suburbs," 11 Sep. 2019 There are plenty of fall and harvest festivals to get your fill of hayrides, corn mazes and cider this fall. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Oktoberfests, fall and harvest festivals around Indianapolis," 3 Sep. 2019 Enchant Christmas will aim to transform the sports arena with an 8,500-square-foot ice skating trail, a large light maze, and a Christmas market. Alexa Peters, The Seattle Times, "An ice skating trail in Safeco Field? Yep — it’s coming this winter," 16 Oct. 2018 But this wasn’t your standard 5K. Instead, researchers wanted to test both speed and navigational ability as competitors wound their way through a maze, choosing the right direction at every intersection. Quanta Magazine, "Bacterial Clones Show Surprising Individuality," 4 Sep. 2019 The Friday slots will include flashlight journeys through the maze. Travis Andersen,, "A Whitinsville corn maze will honor Gronk this month," 3 Sep. 2019 Now, families should include a care manager to guide them through the maze of later-life care options. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Keep your parent’s home in good shape and start preparing a move-out plan now," 15 Aug. 2019

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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


\ 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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