Definition of maze in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Quixotic mazes made with podacarpus hedges or scarlet red bean vines can be done with a little imagination.’
    • ‘He chuckled at my comment and grabbed my hand as we entered the maze.’
    • ‘More prosaically, unlike conventional hedge mazes, the gabion cages will require minimal maintenance and should last for 50 years.’
    • ‘It seemed to be one of those hedge mazes that you always saw in movies or read about in books.’
    • ‘The modern use of the hedge maze is now purely recreational.’
    • ‘The maize maze at Blake End, near Braintree, is open for the summer and is growing fast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was unaware of the beautiful garden nestled in the heart of the hedge maze.’
    • ‘As I got closer to the entrance of the hedge maze I couldn't see anybody there so I had to question why I'd been directed here.’
    • ‘Hence mother rats negotiated complex mazes better than their virgin sisters.’
    • ‘Puzzle Planet is the latest attraction at the centre where you can pit your wits against a series of mazes, brainteasers and puzzles to see if you've got the brains to be an astronomer.’
    • ‘The corn maze to the north is amazing, and there are farm lands and woods everywhere.’
    • ‘You are strongly urged to solve the maze before looking closely at the answer!’
    • ‘It has paintings, jigsaw puzzles, a maze, skill games and more.’
    • ‘They turn a corner of the hedge maze and find the statue of Theo's bride.’
    • ‘Some force you to navigate hedge mazes or find countless skulls while stumbling through underground passages.’
    • ‘I opened another door and we entered a vast maze.’
    • ‘The proof of Euler's theorem actually gives us a way of solving the maze.’
    • ‘My hedge maze is two straight lines of bushes that lead to a cactus.’
    1. 1.1A complex network of paths or passages.
      ‘they were trapped in a menacing maze of corridors’
      • ‘She threatened and then ran off, back into the maze of the castle passages.’
      • ‘After a seemingly endless maze of corridors and rooms, he finally made it to his wing of the castle.’
      • ‘He led us quickly out of the courtyard and through a confusing maze of corridors.’
      • ‘All the buildings nearby create a maze of alleyways and rooftops.’
      • ‘The insects' snacking patterns in the branch create a complex maze of chambers.’
      • ‘You are in a twisty maze of passageways, all alike.’
      • ‘He kept running, turning through a maze of alleys and back roads.’
      • ‘In the center of the glacier I entered a maze of slot canyons made of pale blue ice.’
      • ‘The roots of the tree were gigantic and twisted about the garden creating a tangled maze.’
      • ‘Colin reluctantly runs out the front entrance and escapes through the maze of alleyways.’
      • ‘I went outside and let myself get lost in the maze of streets.’
      • ‘He led me through a maze of hallways and finally stopped at a door.’
      • ‘They marched on and on, down what seemed to be an endless maze of hallways and side passages.’
      • ‘I walked through the maze of passages, taking whichever bearing I felt pulled towards.’
      • ‘The whole area was an underground maze of tunnels and bunkers.’
      • ‘The two men followed as the warden led them through a veritable maze of stone passages and metal walkways.’
      • ‘He led them through a winding maze of streets and alleyways, and finally they reached a clearing.’
      • ‘Amidst these, through a complex maze of natural stone bridges and walkways, was a smaller peak.’
      • ‘They walked through an intricate maze of hallways before reaching a large arena filled with all sorts of technical equipment.’
      • ‘Three hundred people lived in the maze of complex interwoven passages for six years during the American war.’
      labyrinth, network of paths
      complex network, labyrinth, web, tangle, warren, mesh, jungle, snarl, imbroglio
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    2. 1.2A confusing mass of information.
      ‘a maze of petty regulations’
      • ‘So here's a guide to help you through the complex maze of state support for pensioners.’
      • ‘In the end, the Irish troops found themselves utterly confused as they became pawns in a frustrating bureaucratic maze.’
      • ‘In such a situation, an ordinary individual finds himself in a maze of perplexing notions and ideas.’
      • ‘How could such a character emerge from a maze of business and legal puzzles and still be elected to the highest office of a western democracy?’
      • ‘Who is accountable for what in the EU's bureaucratic maze?’
      • ‘The Museum's imaginative mix of social history and artefacts provides a maze of information.’
      • ‘The complex maze of pensions provision can leave many people scratching their heads about which way to go.’
      • ‘To pretty much anyone this lot represents a bewildering, tangled, confused maze of information.’
      • ‘Nuggets of information are valuable, but sorting through that maze is a waste of time.’
      • ‘But for months afterward, the title to the building was lost in a bureaucratic maze.’
      • ‘Marketers need to understand how to navigate the maze of contradictory consumer attitudes and behavior.’
      • ‘Negotiating the corporate maze can test the mettle of even the most resourceful individuals.’


dialect, archaic
  • Be dazed and confused.

    ‘she was still mazed with the drug she had taken’
    • ‘He was regarded with suspicion, considered an outsider and a very strange young man, being called ‘funny’ or even ‘mazed’ by the locals.’
    • ‘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.’


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