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Definition of 'vex'


  1. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
       Synonyms: annoy rag get to bother get at irritate rile nark nettle gravel chafe devil
  2. disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress; "I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
       Synonyms: worry
       Antonyms: reassure assure
  3. change the arrangement or position of
       Synonyms: agitate disturb commove shake up stir up raise up
  4. subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation; "vex the subject of the death penalty"
  5. be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
       Synonyms: perplex stick get puzzle mystify baffle beat pose bewilder flummox stupefy nonplus gravel amaze dumbfound

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