tr.v. dazed, daz·ing, daz·es
1. To stun or bewilder, as with a heavy blow or shock; stupefy: "He fell with a thud that dazed him" (Jean Toomer).
2. To dazzle, as with strong light.
A stunned or bewildered condition: The news left us all in a daze.
[Middle English dasen, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse dasask, to become weary.]
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