maze

[ meyz ]
/ meɪz /

noun

a confusing network of intercommunicating paths or passages; labyrinth.
any complex system or arrangement that causes bewilderment, confusion, or perplexity: Her petition was lost in a maze of bureaucratic red tape.
a state of bewilderment or confusion.
a winding movement, as in dancing.

verb (used with object), mazed, maz·ing.

Chiefly Dialect. to daze, perplex, or stupefy.

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Origin of maze

1250–1300; Middle English mase, noun use of aphetic variant of amasen to amaze

OTHER WORDS FROM maze

mazed·ly [meyzd-lee, mey-zid-], /ˈmeɪzd li, ˈmeɪ zɪd-/, adverbmazedness, nounmazelike, adjectivein·ter·maze, verb (used with object), in·ter·mazed, in·ter·maz·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maze

maize, maze
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British Dictionary definitions for maze

maze
/ (meɪz) /

noun

a complex network of paths or passages, esp one with high hedges in a garden, designed to puzzle those walking through itCompare labyrinth (def. 1)
a similar system represented diagrammatically as a pattern of lines
any confusing network of streets, pathways, etca maze of paths
a state of confusion

verb

an archaic or dialect word for amaze

Derived forms of maze

mazelike, adjectivemazement, noun

Word Origin for maze

C13: see amaze
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