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MYSTIFY (mystified)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mystify mean? 

MYSTIFY (verb)
  The verb MYSTIFY has 2 senses:

1. be a mystery or bewildering to
2. make mysterious

  Familiarity information: MYSTIFY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MYSTIFY (verb)


Sense 1mystify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be a mystery or bewildering to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

mystify; perplex; puzzle; flummox; dumbfound; bewilder; baffle; nonplus; stupefy; amaze; gravel; vex; pose; stick; beat; get

Context examples:

This beats me! / Got me--I don't know the answer! / a vexing problem / This question really stuck me

Hypernyms (to "mystify" is one way to...):

bedevil; befuddle; confound; confuse; discombobulate; fox; fuddle; throw (be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "mystify"):

mix up; stump (cause to be perplexed or confounded)

riddle (set a difficult problem or riddle)

elude; escape (be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will mystify him
The good news will mystify her
The performance is likely to mystify Sue


Sense 2mystify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make mysterious

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

mystify the story

Hypernyms (to "mystify" is one way to...):

bedim; obscure; overcloud (make obscure or unclear)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

demystify (make less mysterious or remove the mystery from)


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