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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

Etymologies

Back-formation from Middle English perplexed, puzzled; see perplexed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Latin perplexus ("entangled, confused"), from per ("through") + plexus, perfect passive participle of plectō ("plait, weave, braid"). (Wiktionary)

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