mystify

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verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmis-tə-ˌfī\

Definition of mystify

mystified

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.

Origin and Etymology of mystify

French mistifier, from mystère mystery, from Latin mysterium


First Known Use: 1814


MYSTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

mystify

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verb mys·ti·fy \ˈmis-tə-ˌfī\

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

mystifying

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



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