puzzle something out

ˌpuzzle sthˈout derived
to find the answer to a difficult or confusing problem by thinking carefully
Syn: work out

\puzzle something out why, what, etc…

He was trying to puzzle out why he had been brought to the house.

Main entry:puzzlederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • work something out — 1) work out what you can afford Syn: calculate, compute, reckon up, determine 2) I m trying to work out what she meant Syn: understand, comprehend, puzzle out, sort out, make sense of, get to the bottom of …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • work something out — 1 work out what you can afford: CALCULATE, compute, reckon up, determine. 2 I m trying to work out what she meant: UNDERSTAND, comprehend, puzzle out, sort out, make sense of …   Useful english dictionary

  • reason something out — WORK OUT, think through, make sense of, get to the bottom of, puzzle out; informal figure out. → reason * * * ˌreason sth ˈout derived to try and find the answer to a problem by using your power to think in a logical way Syn: figure out …   Useful english dictionary

  • reason something out — we finally reasoned out the cryptic message in chapter twelve Syn: work out, think through, make sense of, get to the bottom of, puzzle out; informal figure out …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • figure something out — informal Syn: work out, fathom, puzzle out, decipher, make sense of, think through, get to the bottom of, understand, comprehend, see, grasp, get the hang of; informal twig, crack; Brit.; informal suss out …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • reason something out — Syn: work out, think through, make sense of, get to the bottom of, puzzle out; informal figure out …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • puzzle out — verb find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of (Freq. 2) 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • puzzle — puz|zle1 [ˈpʌzəl] n 1.) a game or toy that has a lot of pieces that you have to fit together →↑jigsaw ▪ a child s wooden puzzle 2.) a game in which you have to think hard to solve a difficult question or problem ▪ a crossword puzzle 3.) [usually… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • puzzle — 1 verb (T) 1 to confuse someone or make them feel slightly anxious because they do not understand something: What puzzles me is how the burglar got into the house without setting off the alarm. 2 (I, T) to think for a long time about something… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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