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English verb: vex

1. vex (emotion) cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations


SamplesMosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me.
It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves.


ExamplesThe bad news will vex him, The performance is likely to vex Sue


Synonymsannoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)displease


Narrower (hyponym)antagonise, antagonize, beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, eat into, fret, fret, get, get under one's skin, grate, harass, harry, hassle, molest, peeve, plague, provoke, rankle, ruffle


Verb groupchafe

2. vex (emotion) disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress


SamplesI cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me.


Synonymsworry


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge


Narrower (hyponym)eat, eat on, misgive, nag


Causeworry


Verb groupworry


Antonymsreassure, assure

3. vex (contact) change the arrangement or position of


Synonymsagitate, commove, disturb, raise up, shake up, stir up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)beat, poke, rile, roil, scramble, toss

4. vex (communication) subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation


SamplesVex the subject of the death penalty.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)debate, deliberate

5. vex (cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to


SamplesThis beats me!.
Got me--I don't know the answer!.
A vexing problem.
This question really stuck me.


Synonymsamaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw


Narrower (hyponym)elude, escape, mix up, riddle, stump









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