mystify

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 [ˈmɪstɪfaɪ]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
mys•ti•fy /ˈmɪstəˌfaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to cause confusion; to perplex or bewilder:completely mystified by his decision not to take such a good job.
mys•ti•fi•ca•tion /ˌmɪstəfɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
mys•ti•fy  (mistə fī′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to perplex (a person) by playing upon the person's credulity;
    bewilder purposely.
  2. to involve in mystery or obscurity.
mys′ti•fi•cation, n. 
mysti•fied′ly, adv. 
mysti•fi′er, n. 
mysti•fy′ing•ly, adv. 
  • French mystifier, equivalent. to mysti- (irregularly combining form of mystique mystic or mystère mystery1) + -fier -fy
  • 1805–15
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fool, mislead, elude, puzzle.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

mystify /ˈmɪstɪˌfaɪ/ vb ( -fies, -fying, -fied)(transitive)
  1. to confuse, bewilder, or puzzle
  2. to make mysterious or obscure
Etymology: 19th Century: from French mystifier, from mystère mystery1 or mystique mystic

ˌmystifiˈcation n ˈmystiˌfying adj



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