see also: VEX
Pronunciation Verb

vex (vexes, present participle vexing; past and past participle vexed)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To trouble aggressively, to harass.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts XII:
      In that tyme Herode the kynge layed hondes on certayne of the congregacion, to vexe them.
  2. (transitive) To annoy, irritate.
    Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades.
  3. (transitive) To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.
  4. (transitive, rare) To twist, to weave.
    • some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To be irritated; to fret.
  6. (transitive) To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.
    • 1725, Homer; [Elijah Fenton], transl., “Book IV”, in The Odyssey of Homer. […], volume I, London: Printed for Bernard Lintot, OCLC 8736646 ↗:
      White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars.
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vex (plural vexes)

  1. (Scotland, obsolete) A trouble.

Proper noun
  1. (space, ESA) Initialism of w:Venus Express

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