bewilder

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verb be·wil·der \bi-ˈwil-dər, bē-\

Definition of bewilder

bewildered

;

bewildering

play \bi-ˈwil-d(ə-)riŋ, bē-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to lose one's bearings (see bearing 6c) bewildered by the city's maze of roads

  3. 2 :  to perplex or confuse especially by a complexity, variety, or multitude of objects or considerations His decision bewildered her. utterly bewildered by the instructions

bewilderedly

adverb

bewilderedness

noun

Examples of bewilder in a sentence

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

1633

First Known Use of bewilder

1633

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

BEWILDER Defined for English Language Learners

bewilder

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verb be·wil·der \bi-ˈwil-dər, bē-\

Definition of bewilder for English Language Learners

  • : to confuse (someone) very much


BEWILDER Defined for Kids

bewilder

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verb be·wil·der \bi-ˈwil-dər\

Definition of bewilder for Students

bewildered

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bewildering

  1. :  confuse 1 I was bewildered by the complicated instructions.

bewilderment

\-mənt\ noun


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