perplex is to confuse or to make something difficult to understand. When you perplex someone, you make it difficult for them to understand what you're saying.

  • The professor was perplexed by the student's question.

  • The diagram made it difficult to understand, so the employees were perplexed by it.

Definition of perplex


be a mystery or bewildering to


amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex


make more complicated



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Example Sentences for perplex

  • 1

    That was the point that perplexed me.

  • 2

    Herod was perplexed by the belief.

  • 3

    The introduction is just perplexing.

  • 4

    The king is then perplexed and angered.

  • 5

    Perplexity is a measurement in information theory.

  • 6

    The alphabet section of this article is perplexing

  • 7

    The antinomy in the logic perplexed the readers.

  • 8

    The edit summary is thus perplexing.

  • 9

    The first sentence of this article is perplexing.

  • 10

    The perplexed friend dismisses the discussion.