from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt. See Synonyms at puzzle.
- transitive v. To make confusedly intricate; complicate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to feel baffled; to puzzle.
- adj. intricate; difficult
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To involve; to entangle; to make intricate or complicated, and difficult to be unraveled or understood.
- transitive v. To embarrass; to puzzle; to distract; to bewilder; to confuse; to trouble with ambiguity, suspense, or anxiety.
- transitive v. To plague; to vex; to tormen.
- adj. Intricate; difficult.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Intricate; difficult.
- n. A difficulty; an entanglement; something hard to understand; a perplexity.
- To make intricate; involve; entangle; make complicated and difficult to be understood or unraveled.
- To embarrass; puzzle; distract; bewilder; trouble with suspense, anxiety, or ambiguity.
- Synonyms To complicate, tangle, snarl.
- Puzzle, etc. (see embarrass), confuse, harass, pose, nonplus, put to a stand, mystify.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a mystery or bewildering to
- v. make more complicated
Thus, our "unfinished feeling" represents in itself an obscure demand for a resolution of the unadjusted; it corresponds to that inner compulsion which operates upon the imperfect consciousness of the dreamer, or upon the mentality of any person seeking the solution of a problem or "perplex," either asleep, or awake -- as I trust you all still remain.
The resulting image is compelling, perplex and idiosyncratic; a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil.
It would be useless and unkind to perplex you with my literary troubles.
What I am going to write I know will only perplex you, and yet I must of course tell you.
Despite its prevalence, the condition still seems to perplex many people.
If there ever is a message from SETI it will be an alien one cup coffee maker brand name that will perplex the scientific community for centuries.
It doesn't help that we live in a time with infinite choices, information and potential directions -- which can perplex the most focused people.
They're complicated, and the complications both perplex and suit them.
Indeed, I couldn't even work out how to remove the sides on Georgia's cot in order to turn it into a "big-girl bed", I had to wait for Cam to do it screwdrivers perplex me.
Yet the striker continues to perplex and bemuse in equal measure.