Definition of vex
1a : to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to the restaurant is vexed by slow serviceb : to bring physical distress to a headache vexed him all morningc : to irritate or annoy by petty provocations : harass vexed by the childrend : puzzle, baffle a problem to vex the keenest wit
2 : to shake or toss about
Examples of vex in a Sentence
This problem has vexed researchers for years.
We were vexed by the delay.
Recent Examples of vex from the Web
So how to make this old warhorse gallop like the thoroughbreds that vex the inveterate gamblers in the show’s opening number?
No quarterback — or perhaps even player — has vexed the Dolphins like Tom Brady.
Deputy White House press secretary Sanders was particularly vexed by CNN.
Ozone is such a widespread pollutant that obligations to keep reducing it have vexed previous administrations.
The decline in airline amenities that has vexed consumers in the back of the plane is now hitting elite frequent fliers, too.
These divisions are not entirely new: three of the five countries withdrew their diplomats from Qatar in 2014, and Qatar’s support for Al Jazeera has long vexed others in the region.
The struggles had vexed Cain, weighing on his mind.
North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric, as well as regular missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations resolutions, have vexed the international community.
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Synonym Discussion of vex
VEX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vex for English Language Learners
: to annoy or worry (someone)
VEX Defined for Kids
Definition of vex for Students
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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