puzzle out

Definition of puzzle out

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to offer or represent to (as a person) a problem difficult to solve or a situation difficult to resolve :  challenge mentally

    :  to exert (as oneself) over such a problem or situation

    :  complicate, entangle

  1. :  the state of being puzzled :  perplexity

    :  something that puzzles

    :  a question, problem, or contrivance designed for testing ingenuity

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

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a brief usually trivial fact

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