to confuse or bewilder; confound: The formula vexes most of our students at first.
to discuss or debate (a subject, question, etc.) with vigor or at great length: They vexed the question endlessly without agreeing.
to disturb by motion; stir up; toss about.
- vex·er, noun
- vex·ing, adjective
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How to use vex in a sentence
The team knew that the gas varied naturally with sunspots, seasons, and latitude, but this drop-off vexed them.5 famous environmental disasters where humans and nature healed together | Meera Subramanian | February 16, 2021 | Popular-Science
You can understand why it vexes supporters of activist government.
That Coulson and Brooks are close friends of the prime minister vexes the picture still further.
And here I spoke and saluted Mrs. Pierce, but being in haste could not learn of her where her lodgings are, which vexes me.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
I shewed him no friendly look, but he took no notice to me of the Wardrobe business, which vexes me.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
I must refuse your application, then, although I see it vexes you.The Tiger Hunter | Mayne Reid
Nothing vexes a man so much as the consciousness of being an object of mirth or ridicule.
In the matter of Savoy, it has vexed and vexes me, I do confess to you.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II | Elizabeth Barrett Browning
British Dictionary definitions for vex
to anger or annoy
to confuse; worry
archaic to agitate
- vexer, noun
- vexing, adjective
- vexingly, adverb
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