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English definition of “perplex”

perplex

verb [T]     /pəˈpleks/ US  /pɚ-/
to confuse and worry someone slightly by being difficult to understand or solve : The disease has continued to perplex doctors .Puzzle and confuseDifficult to understand perplexed     /pəˈplekst/ US  /pɚ-/ adjective The students looked perplexed, so the teacher tried to explain once again.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused perplexing     /pəˈplek.sɪŋ/ US  /pɚ-/ adjective They find the company's attitude perplexing and unreasonable .Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
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