puzzle out

phrasal verb

puzzled out; puzzling out; puzzles out
: to understand or find (something, such as the answer to a difficult problem) by careful thinking
She puzzled out the meaning of the strange phrase.

Examples of puzzle out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While researchers are still puzzling out the cause of the complication, new research suggests that a key CAR-T manufacturing step can reactivate HHV-6 in T cells. Angus Chen, STAT, 8 Nov. 2023 Why he got so lost in the first place — that’s what the memoir tries to puzzle out. Sarah Hepola, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 Through letters his mother left behind and fragments of his own memories, Clowes has puzzled out a few details. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 In the meantime, Meitner was determined to puzzle out those results. Ashraya Gupta, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2023 As a result, British procedurals are almost always focused on puzzling out who did what. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2023 But first, India has eyes on the sun; next month, ISRO will launch Aditya-L1, a spacecraft designed to help puzzle out the mysteries of the solar atmosphere. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2023 But more challenging phrases presented great difficulty, as did puzzling out the jokes and stories of my Yiddish-speaking sources. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 19 July 2023 Determining your genotype is one thing, but puzzling out its implications is another. Krithika Varagur, Harper's Magazine, 10 July 2023 See More

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“Puzzle out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puzzle%20out. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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