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noun mystery pronunciation in American English /ˈmɪst(ə)ri/
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you are not able to understand, explain, or get information about
    I just can’t think who she could have been – it’s a mystery.
    The exact origin of the universe remains a mystery.
    solve/unravel a mystery (=explain it): The police are trying to unravel the mystery of his disappearance.
    be a mystery to someone: Why she left is still a mystery to him.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] a quality that makes someone or something difficult to explain, understand, or get information about, especially when it also makes them seem interesting or exciting
    air/aura of mystery: a woman with an air of mystery about her
    shrouded/cloaked in mystery: His past is shrouded in mystery.
  3. 4


    [plural] often humorous information about a subject or activity that only some people are allowed to know
    mystery of: You’ll learn all about the mysteries of the darkroom and printing processes.


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