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maze

[meyz] /meɪz/
noun
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.
verb (used with object), mazed, mazing.
5.
Chiefly Dialect. to daze, perplex, or stupefy.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English mase, noun use of aphetic variant of amasen to amaze
Related forms
mazedly
[meyzd-lee, mey-zid-] /ˈmeɪzd li, ˈmeɪ zɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
mazedness, noun
mazelike, adjective
intermaze, verb (used with object), intermazed, intermazing.
Can be confused
maize, maze.
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British Dictionary definitions for mazed

maze

/meɪz/
noun
1.
a complex network of paths or passages, esp one with high hedges in a garden, designed to puzzle those walking through it Compare labyrinth (sense 1)
2.
a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
3.
any confusing network of streets, pathways, etc: a maze of paths
4.
a state of confusion
verb
5.
an archaic or dialect word for amaze
Derived Forms
mazelike, adjective
mazement, noun
Word Origin
C13: see amaze
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Word Origin and History for mazed

maze

n.

c.1300, "delusion, bewilderment" (also as a verb, "stupefy, daze"), possibly from Old English *mæs, which is suggested by the compound amasod "amazed" and verb amasian "to confound, confuse" (see amaze). Perhaps related to Norwegian dialectal mas "exhausting labor," Swedish masa "to be slow or sluggish." Meaning "labyrinth" first recorded late 14c.

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