Definition of maze in English:

maze

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Pronunciation: /meɪz
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    labyrinth, network of pathscomplex 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.

verb

(be mazed) • archaic or • dialect Back to top  
  • 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.

Origin

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

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