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vex

[ veks ]
/ vɛks /
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verb (used with object)
to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.
to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: to vex a question endlessly without agreeing.
to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
to afflict with physical pain.
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Origin of vex

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English vexen, from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre “to shake, jolt, harass, annoy,” frequentative of vehere “to carry, convey”

OTHER WORDS FROM vex

vex·er, nounvex·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vex

vex
/ (vɛks) /

verb (tr)
to anger or annoy
to confuse; worry
archaic to agitate

Derived forms of vex

vexer, nounvexing, adjectivevexingly, adverb

Word Origin for vex

C15: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexāre to jolt (in carrying), from vehere to convey
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