bewilder

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

Definition of bewilder

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

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

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

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The opening scenes of Share, HBO's digital-age drama that airs July 27, are bewildering. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "HBO’s Share Addresses Sexual Assault Unlike Any Movie You’ve Ever Seen," 26 July 2019 Which is why, to those who grew up on the local institution, these can feel like bewildering times, Esther Mobley writes. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Bay Area is plugging it in," 17 June 2019 Tyson, once obsessed with being heavyweight champion, looked at Fury, bewildered. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "You Can't Keep Tyson Fury Down—Unless You’re Tyson Fury," 13 Sep. 2019 The protests have an intensity and dynamic that bewilders the protesters’ opponents in Beijing and in Hong Kong’s Beijing-obedient city administration. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 Sep. 2019 Never having raised a child, Noah finds all this drama constantly bewildering. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Emma Donoghue’s ‘Akin’ sends an odd couple to France," 10 Sep. 2019 Criticism can be a lonely endeavor, in part because the enthusiasms and revulsions of other critics are sometimes unfathomably bewildering. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Revisiting “Moment by Moment,” Lily Tomlin and John Travolta’s Wrongly Despised 1978 Melodrama," 9 Sep. 2019 Here are five teams with a lot of issues to address following a rough weekend: The Buzz: Sure, Syracuse was listed as a one-point underdog, but falling 63-20 to Maryland is bewildering. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU, Miami among college football teams coming off disappointing weekends," 8 Sep. 2019 The movie is a colorful, cuckoo-crazy, sometimes funny, often bewildering experience. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Angry Birds 2’ is chaotic, occasionally thoughtful," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bewilder

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bewilder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bewilder

: to confuse (someone) very much

bewilder

verb
be·​wil·​der | \ bi-ˈwil-dər How to pronounce bewilder (audio) \
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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