mystify

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verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmis-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of mystify

mystified

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mystifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perplex the mind of :  bewilder

  3. 2 :  to make mysterious or obscure mystify an interpretation of a prophecy

mystifier

play \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

mystifyingly

play \-ˌfī-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of mystify in a Sentence

  1. The cause of the disease mystified doctors for many years.

  2. The magician has been mystifying his audiences for years with his amazing tricks.

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Origin and Etymology of mystify

French mistifier, from mystère mystery, from Latin mysterium


MYSTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

mystify

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Definition of mystify for English Language Learners

  • : to confuse (someone) completely


MYSTIFY Defined for Kids

mystify

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verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmi-stə-ˌfī\

Definition of mystify for Students

mystified

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mystifying

  1. :  to confuse or bewilder completely His strange behavior has mystified us.



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