Definition of perplex
1 : to make unable to grasp something clearly or to think logically and decisively about something her attitude perplexes me a perplexing problem
2 : to make intricate or involved : complicate
Examples of perplex in a Sentence
Questions about the meaning of life have always perplexed humankind.
let's not perplex the issue further with irrelevant concerns
Recent Examples of perplex from the Web
Republicans said they were perplexed by Malloy's unusually strong statement.
A senior administration official told Fox News the White House was optimistic peace was possible in the long-running and seemingly unsolveable conflict, which has perplexed numerous administrations.
Steven Choi is perplexed by stories of residents struggling to adjust to Irvine.
That was just one of the questions that perplexed investigators.
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Synonym Discussion of perplex
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Definition of perplex for English Language Learners
: to confuse (someone) very much
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