bewilder

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verb be·wil·der \bi-ˈwil-dər, bē-\

Definition of bewilder

bewildered

bewildering

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  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

bewilderedly

adverb

bewilderedness

noun

bewilderingly

play \-d(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of bewilder in a sentence

  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>.

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

bewildering

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

bewilderment

\-mənt\ noun


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