Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “perplex”

See all translations

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.
perplexed
adjective uk   /pəˈplekst/ us    /pɚ-/
The students looked perplexed, so the teacher tried to explain once again.
perplexing
adjective uk   /pəˈplek.sɪŋ/ us    /pɚ-/
They find the company's attitude perplexing and unreasonable.
Translations of “perplex”
in Spanish dejar perplejo, desconcertar…
in French rendre perplexe…
in German verwirren…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使困惑,使茫然, 使擔憂…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使困惑,使茫然, 使担忧…
(Definition of perplex from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of perplex?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “perplex” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More