puzzle out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theypuzzle out
he/she/itpuzzles out
present participlepuzzling out
past tensepuzzled out
past participlepuzzled out
  1. to solve a confusing or complicated problem by thinking carefully about it
    puzzle out who/what/why etc:

    She seemed to be trying to puzzle out who the caller might be.

See also main entry: puzzle