Definition of maze in English:

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Pronunciation: /meɪz/


1A network of paths and hedges designed as a puzzle through which one has to find a way: the house has a maze and a walled Italian garden
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  • When the rats were put in mazes designed to test learning and memory, those that had been anaesthetised performed worse than those that had not been given the drugs.
  • They turn a corner of the hedge maze and find the statue of Theo's bride.
  • The maze will be at the farm until the plants wither away in October when the field will be cut, ready for a new maze with a new design next year.
1.1A complex network of paths or passages: they were trapped in a menacing maze of corridors
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  • Three hundred people lived in the maze of complex interwoven passages for six years during the American war.
  • I walked through the maze of passages, taking whichever bearing I felt pulled towards.
  • Amidst these, through a complex maze of natural stone bridges and walkways, was a smaller peak.
labyrinth, network of paths
complex network, labyrinth, web, tangle, warren, mesh, jungle, snarl, imbroglio
1.2A confusing mass of information: a maze of petty regulations
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  • The Museum's imaginative mix of social history and artefacts provides a maze of information.
  • In such a situation, an ordinary individual finds himself in a maze of perplexing notions and ideas.
  • To pretty much anyone this lot represents a bewildering, tangled, confused maze of information.


(be mazed) archaic or dialect
Be dazed and confused: she was still mazed with the drug she had taken
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  • Beyond this garden, abrupt, there was a grey stone wall overgrown with velvet moss that uprose as, gazing, Matthew stood long, all mazed and blinking, to see this place so eerie and fair.
  • He was regarded with suspicion, considered an outsider and a very strange young man, being called ‘funny’ or even ‘mazed’ by the locals.


Middle English (denoting delirium or delusion): probably from the base of amaze, of which the verb is a shortening.

  • This is probably a shortening of Old English amaze. Maze was first used for delirium, but had come to be used for a labyrinth by late Middle English.

Words that rhyme with maze

ablaze, amaze, appraise, baize, Blaise, blaze, braise, broderie anglaise, chaise, craze, daze, écossaise, erase, faze, gaze, glaze, graze, Hayes, Hays, haze, laze, liaise, lyonnaise, maize, malaise, Marseillaise, mayonnaise, Mays, phase, phrase, polonaise, praise, prase, raise, raze, upraise

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