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bewilder

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verb be·wil·der \bi-ˈwil-dər, bē-\

Simple Definition of bewilder

  • : to confuse (someone) very much

Full Definition of bewilder

be·wil·deredbe·wil·der·ingplay \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to lose one's bearings

  3. 2 :  to perplex or confuse especially by a complexity, variety, or multitude of objects or considerations

be·wil·dered·ly adverb
be·wil·dered·ness noun
be·wil·der·ing·ly play \-d(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of bewilder

  1. <the change in policy seems to have bewildered many of our customers>



1684

First Known Use of bewilder

1684

Synonym Discussion of bewilder

puzzle, perplex, bewilder, distract, nonplus, confound, dumbfound mean to baffle and disturb mentally. puzzle implies existence of a problem difficult to solve <the persistent fever puzzled the doctor>. perplex adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty especially about making a necessary decision <a behavior that perplexed her friends>. bewilder stresses a confusion of mind that hampers clear and decisive thinking <a bewildering number of possibilities>. distract implies agitation or uncertainty induced by conflicting preoccupations or interests <distracted by personal problems>. nonplus implies a bafflement that makes orderly planning or deciding impossible <the remark left us utterly nonplussed>. confound implies temporary mental paralysis caused by astonishment or profound abasement <the tragic news confounded us all>. dumbfound suggests intense but momentary confounding; often the idea of astonishment is so stressed that it becomes a near synonym of astound <was at first too dumbfounded to reply>.

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