vex

verb
\ ˈveks How to pronounce vex (audio) \
vexed also vext\ ˈvekst How to pronounce vext (audio) \; vexing

Definition of vex

transitive verb

1a : to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to the restaurant is vexed by slow service
b : to bring physical distress to a headache vexed him all morning
c : to irritate or annoy by petty provocations : harass vexed by the children
d : puzzle, baffle a problem to vex the keenest wit
2 : to shake or toss about

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Choose the Right Synonym for vex

annoy, vex, irk, bother mean to upset a person's composure. annoy implies a wearing on the nerves by persistent petty unpleasantness. their constant complaining annoys us vex implies greater provocation and stronger disturbance and usually connotes anger but sometimes perplexity or anxiety. vexed by her son's failure to clean his room irk stresses difficulty in enduring and the resulting weariness or impatience of spirit. careless waste irks the boss bother suggests interference with comfort or peace of mind. don't bother me while I'm reading

Examples of vex in a Sentence

This problem has vexed researchers for years. We were vexed by the delay.

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Long before Trump’s supporters chanted her initials, Ocasio-Cortez had vexed them. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Ocasio-Cortez can’t run, but she’s a big part of 2020 race," 30 Mar. 2019 In this four-monitor installation, slapstick indignities vex different clowns, including one who has a bucket repeatedly fall on his head in a 60-minute video loop. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts’ Review: Corralling a Lifetime of Creativity," 17 Oct. 2018 Corporate insiders are personally capitalizing on the recent boom in buyback announcements, vexing a top regulatory official. Tom Mcginty, WSJ, "Insiders Pocket Gains on Buybacks, Vexing Regulator," 10 June 2018 This isn’t the first time one of President Trump’s residences has been vexed by a sinkhole. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "There’s a sinkhole on the White House lawn. And it’s growing.," 22 May 2018 The turbulent day in the House offered yet another reminder of the deep divisions over immigration vexing Republicans, with no easy solutions in sight. Thomas Kaplan, New York Times, "House Rejects Hard-Line Immigration Bill and Delays Vote on Compromise," 21 June 2018 Earlier landings have been vexed by a lack of steady communications due to the movement of the satellites around Mars. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Small CubeSat Became the Unlikely Hero of the InSight Landing," 29 Nov. 2018 Drones are amazing and cool and powerful, but traditionally they can be thwarted by an impenetrable obstacle that has vexed drone creators and pilots for years: doors. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inspired by Wasps, This Micro-Drone Lifts 40 Times its Weight," 25 Oct. 2018 Those acquisitions were geared toward lifting the company’s profit margins and insulating its sales from the type of commodity-market downdraft now vexing the U.S. meat sector. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tyson Foods to Acquire Keystone Foods in $2.16 Billion Deal," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of vex

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vex

Middle English, from Anglo-French vexer, from Latin vexare to agitate, harry; probably akin to Latin vehere to convey — more at way

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vex

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vex

old-fashioned : to annoy or worry (someone)

vex

verb
\ ˈveks How to pronounce vex (audio) \
vexed; vexing

Kids Definition of vex

1 : to bring trouble, distress, or worry to “It is an excellent plan to have some place where we can go to be quiet, when things vex or grieve us.”— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
2 : to annoy by small irritations Flies vexed the cows.

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