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vex

 
 
pronunciation:
veks
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: vexes, vexing, vexed
definition 1: to annoy or irritate.
The long wait for their food vexed the customers.The traffic at the bridge entrance vexed the taxi driver.Something about her tone of voice vexed him that morning.It vexes him that he can't do simple things now without help.It always vexed my mother when we didn't come to the table when the food was ready.
synonyms:
annoy, bother, gall, irk, irritate, miff, nettle, plague, rile, trouble, worry
antonyms:
soothe
similar words:
aggravate, anger, chafe, cloud, exasperate, gripe, harass, hound, nag, offend, peeve, pester, pique, provoke, rasp, ruffle, torment
definition 2: to puzzle or worry.
The various problems with the traffic flow vexed the city's planners.She was vexed by her daughter's hostility and felt powerless to do anything about it.
synonyms:
bother, disquiet, disturb, perturb, puzzle, trouble, upset, worry
similar words:
afflict, baffle, bewilder, buffalo, confound, confuse, distress, mystify, perplex, plague
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derivations: vexingly (adv.), vexer (n.)