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puzzle

2 verb
     
puzzle2 [transitive]
to confuse someone or make them feel slightly anxious because they do not understand something:
a question that continues to puzzle scientists
He was puzzled by the reactions to his remark.
What puzzles me is why his books are so popular.

puzzle something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to solve a confusing or difficult problem by thinking about it carefully:
He lay looking at the ceiling, trying to puzzle things out.

puzzle over something

phrasal verb
to think for a long time about something because you cannot understand or solve it:
The class puzzled over a poem by Shakespeare.

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