|1.||[ verb ] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations|
|Synonyms:||bother annoy irritate nark gravel get_at chafe nettle rile devil get_to rag|
: "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me" "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
|Related terms:||displease harass antagonize ruffle torment get grate peeve fret chafe botheration mischief annoyance pique tease irritant aggravation annoyance|
|2.||[ verb ] change the arrangement or position of|
|Synonyms:||disturb raise_up stir_up shake_up commove agitate|
|Related terms:||move stir beat poke roil|
|3.||[ verb ] subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation|
"vex the subject of the death penalty"
|4.||[ verb ] disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress|
"I cannot sleep--my daughter's health is worrying me"
|Related terms:||reassure perturb eat nag misgive worry badgering worry|
|5.||[ verb ] be a mystery or bewildering to|
|Synonyms:||puzzle bewilder baffle mystify amaze pose stupefy flummox nonplus stupify get gravel trounce dumbfound beat stick perplex|
"This beats me!" "Got me--I don't know the answer!" "a vexing problem" "This question really stuck me"
|Related terms:||confuse stagger elude riddle stump solve puzzle_over mystery bewilderment mystification mystification stupefaction puzzle|