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English definition of “perplex”

perplex

verb [T] uk   /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
adjective uk   /pəˈplekst/ us    /pɚ-/
The students looked perplexed, so the teacher tried to explain once again.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
perplexing
adjective uk   /pəˈplek.sɪŋ/ us    /pɚ-/
They find the company's attitude perplexing and unreasonable.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
(Definition of perplex from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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