maze

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
maze /meɪz/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a confusing network of paths;
    labyrinth:a maze of corridors.
  2. a complicated, perplexing system:a maze of bureaucratic red tape.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
maze  (māz),USA pronunciation n., v.,  mazed, maz•ing. 
n. 
  1. a confusing network of intercommunicating paths or passages; labyrinth.
  2. any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity:Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
  3. a state of bewilderment or confusion.
  4. a winding movement, as in dancing.

v.t. 
  1. Slang Terms[Chiefly Dial.]to daze, perplex, or stupefy.
mazed•ly  (māzdlē, māzid-),USA pronunciation adv.  mazedness, n. 
mazelike′, adj. 
  • Middle English mase, noun, nominal use of aphetic variant of amasen to amaze 1250–1300


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

maze /meɪz/ n
  1. a complex network of paths or passages, esp one with high hedges in a garden, designed to puzzle those walking through it
  2. a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
  3. any confusing network of streets, pathways, etc
  4. a state of confusion
vb
  1. an archaic or dialect word for amaze
Etymology: 13th Century: see amaze

ˈmazement n



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