WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
per•plex /pɚˈplɛks/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to cause to be confused over what is not understood or certain:Her strange, quiet behavior perplexed me.
per•plex•ing, adj. : a very perplexing problem.See -plex-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
per•plex  (pər pleks),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain;
    confuse mentally:Her strange response perplexed me.
  2. to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question.
  3. to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.
per•plexer, n. 
per•plexing•ly, adv. 
  • back formation from perplexed 1585–95
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mystify, confound.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tangle, snarl.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vex, annoy, bother.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

perplex /pəˈplɛks/ vb (transitive)
  1. to puzzle; bewilder; confuse
  2. to complicate: to perplex an issue
Etymology: 15th Century: from obsolete perplex (adj) intricate, from Latin perplexus entangled, from per- (thoroughly) + plectere to entwine



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