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Meaning & Definition of Vex in English

English

Vex

/vɛks/

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • annoy
  • ,
  • rag
  • ,
  • get to
  • ,
  • bother
  • ,
  • get at
  • ,
  • irritate
  • ,
  • rile
  • ,
  • nark
  • ,
  • nettle
  • ,
  • gravel
  • ,
  • vex
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • worry
  • ,
  • vex

3. Change the arrangement or position of

    synonym:
  • agitate
  • ,
  • vex
  • ,
  • disturb
  • ,
  • commove
  • ,
  • shake up
  • ,
  • stir up
  • ,
  • raise up

4. Subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation

  • "Vex the subject of the death penalty"
    synonym:
  • vex

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"
    synonym:
  • perplex
  • ,
  • vex
  • ,
  • stick
  • ,
  • get
  • ,
  • puzzle
  • ,
  • mystify
  • ,
  • baffle
  • ,
  • beat
  • ,
  • pose
  • ,
  • bewilder
  • ,
  • flummox
  • ,
  • stupefy
  • ,
  • nonplus
  • ,
  • gravel
  • ,
  • amaze
  • ,
  • dumbfound