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).
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