confuse


confuse

verb

Definition of CONFUSE

1
to throw into a state of mental uncertainty <the similar-sounding words censure and censor often confuse people>
Phrases blow one's mind, go to one's head
2
to make (something) unclear to the understanding <stop confusing the issue with irrelevant facts>
Antonyms clarify, clear (up), illuminate
3
to fail to differentiate (a thing) from something similar or related <a lot of people confuse popular fame with enduring achievement>
Synonyms conflate, confound, mistake, mix (up)
Related Words lump (together); misapply, miscall, misidentify, misname
4
to throw into a state of self-conscious distress <she was confused by the shocking bluntness of his marriage proposal>
5
to undo the proper order or arrangement of <vandals had hopelessly confused the papers in the office files>
Antonyms arrange, array, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, range, regulate, straighten (up), tidy

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