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noun     mystery pronunciation in British English
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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.

    1. a.
      [countable] someone or something that is interesting or exciting because they are difficult to explain, understand, or get information about

      David’s always been a bit of a mystery.

  3. 3
    [countable] a story, film, or play in which events take place that are not explained until the end, especially a crime such as murder

    an Ellery Queen mystery

  4. 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.

  5. 5
    [countable] something relating to religion or God that you cannot explain using reason or science but that you believe is true

    the mystery of salvation


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