verb con·fuse \kən-ˈfyüz\

: to make (someone) uncertain or unable to understand something

: to make (something) difficult to understand

: to mistakenly think that one person or thing is another person or thing : to mistake (one person or thing) for another


Full Definition of CONFUSE

transitive verb
archaic :  to bring to ruin
a :  to make embarrassed :  abash
b :  to disturb in mind or purpose :  throw off
a :  to make indistinct :  blur <stop confusing the issue>
b :  to mix indiscriminately :  jumble
c :  to fail to differentiate from an often similar or related other <confuse money with comfort>
con·fus·ing·ly \-ˈfyü-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CONFUSE

  1. The general was trying to confuse the enemy.
  2. The new evidence only confused matters further.
  3. You must be confusing me with someone else.

Origin of CONFUSE

back-formation from Middle English confused frustrated, ruined, from Anglo-French confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundere
First Known Use: 14th century
CONFUSING Defined for Kids


verb con·fuse \kən-ˈfyüz\

Definition of CONFUSE for Kids

:  to make uncertain or unable to understand :  perplex <The directions confused me and I got lost.>
:  to fail to tell apart <Teachers always confused the twins.>


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