Definition of perplex verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

perplex

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pəˈpleks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpleks//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perplex
BrE BrE//pəˈpleks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpleks//
 
he / she / it perplexes
BrE BrE//pəˈpleksɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpleksɪz//
 
past simple perplexed
BrE BrE//pəˈplekst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈplekst//
 
past participle perplexed
BrE BrE//pəˈplekst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈplekst//
 
-ing form perplexing
BrE BrE//pəˈpleksɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpleksɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] perplex somebody | it perplexes somebody that… if something perplexes you, it makes you confused or worried because you do not understand it synonym puzzle They were perplexed by her response. Word Origin late 15th cent. (as the adjective perplexed): from the obsolete adjective perplex ‘bewildered’, from Latin perplexus ‘entangled’, based on plexus ‘interwoven’, from the verb plectere.
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