bewilder

verb
be·​wil·​der | \bi-ˈwil-dər, bē-\
bewildered; bewildering\ bi-​ˈwil-​d(ə-​)riŋ , bē-​ \

Definition of bewilder 

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transitive verb

1 : to cause to lose one's bearings (see bearing sense 6c) bewildered by the city's maze of roads

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

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Other Words from bewilder

Verb

bewilderedly adverb
bewilderedness noun

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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

Examples of bewilder in a Sentence

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

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They can be bewildered by career progressions that are nonlinear or based on social networks. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 What’s bewildering is that Democrats seem willing to write off so much human potential as permanent wards of the state. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Food Fight Worth Having," 8 July 2018 The subsequent process was painful, terrifying, bewildering, and agonizing. Stephanie Sprenger, Good Housekeeping, "My Husband's Response to My Miscarriages Strengthened Our Relationship Forever," 24 Oct. 2015 Marie Antoinette, at first bewildered by the rules and conventions of the French court, soon becomes its master, leading fashion, gossip and bon gout — while still claiming to care about none of it. refinery29.com, "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 Many locals were bewildered, pointing to the fact that Krasnodar is the only Russian city outside Moscow that had two soccer teams in the country’s top league — Mr. Galitsky’s Krasnodar and the municipal Kuban, one of the oldest teams in Russia. New York Times, "Russia’s Most Soccer-Mad City, Excluded From the World Cup," 9 July 2018 Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. Martine Powers, Anchorage Daily News, "TSA screeners nibbling away at travelers' patience. This time over snacks.," 2 July 2018 The urgency to clear out the store bewildered former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed in looking for the black ride-on toy truck his 5-year-old daughter requested as a gift for her birthday this week. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Former ‘Toys R Us kids’ scour stores as retail icon says so long," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of bewilder

Verb

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bewilder was in 1633

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More Definitions for bewilder

bewilder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bewilder

: to confuse (someone) very much

bewilder

verb
be·​wil·​der | \bi-ˈwil-dər \
bewildered; bewildering

Kids Definition of bewilder

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

Other Words from bewilder

bewilderment \ -​mənt \ noun

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