puzzle out


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Verb1.puzzle out - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
answer, resolve - understand the meaning of; "The question concerning the meaning of life cannot be answered"
riddle - explain a riddle
strike - arrive at after reckoning, deliberating, and weighing; "strike a balance"; "strike a bargain"
guess, infer - guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
answer - give the correct answer or solution to; "answer a question"; "answer the riddle"
break - find the solution or key to; "break the code"

puzzle

verb
To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
phrasal verb
puzzle out
To find the key to (a code, for example):
noun
Anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret:
Translations
يَحُلُّ مُشْكِلَه
vyřešit
løse
odgonetnuti
megfejt
leysa

puzzle

(ˈpazl) verb
1. to perplex, baffle or bewilder. The question puzzled them; What puzzles me is how he got here so soon.
2. to think long and carefully about a problem etc. I puzzled over the sum for hours.
noun
1. a problem that causes a lot of thought. Her behaviour was a puzzle to him.
2. a kind of game or toy to test one's thinking, knowledge or skill. a jig-saw puzzle; a crossword puzzle.
ˈpuzzling adjective
difficult to understand. a puzzling remark.
puzzle out
to solve (a problem etc).
References in classic literature ?
He passes a puzzle out to everybody, and they spend all their lives tryin' to work it out They all get stuck.
He could curl up and look at the pictures in the strange things which were books, he could puzzle out the printed word he had learned to read without knowledge of the spoken language it represented, he could live in a wonderful world of which he had no knowledge beyond the covers of his beloved books.
When his body is discovered inside one of the ruins, savvy park ranger Anna Pigeon not only must puzzle out the mystery of his death but also her own emotions.