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Verb perplex has 2 senses
- perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
--1 is one way to confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate
The bad news will perplex him
The good news will perplex her
The performance is likely to perplex Sue
- complicate, perplex - make more complicated; "There was a new development that complicated the matter"
--2 is one way to change, alter, modify
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something