confuse

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verb con·fuse \kən-ˈfyüz\

Definition of confuse

confused

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confusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to bring to ruin

  3. 2a :  to make embarrassed :  abashb :  to disturb in mind or purpose :  throw off The directions she gave confused us.

  4. 3a :  to make indistinct :  blur Stop confusing the issue.b :  to mix indiscriminately :  jumble Their arms, legs, and bodies were confused together, till they resembled … two serpents interlaced. — Thomas Medwinc :  to fail to differentiate from an often similar or related other confuse money with comfort Do not confuse the words “flaunt” and “flout”.

confusingly

play \kən-ˈfyü-ziŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of confuse in a Sentence

  1. The general was trying to confuse the enemy.

  2. The new evidence only confused matters further.

  3. You must be confusing me with someone else.

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Origin and Etymology of confuse

back-formation from Middle English confused frustrated, ruined, from Anglo-French confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundere


CONFUSE Defined for English Language Learners

confuse

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Definition of confuse for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) uncertain or unable to understand something

  • : to make (something) difficult to understand

  • : to mistakenly think that one person or thing is another person or thing : to mistake (one person or thing) for another


CONFUSE Defined for Kids

confuse

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verb con·fuse \kən-ˈfyüz\

Definition of confuse for Students

confused

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confusing

  1. 1 :  to make uncertain or unable to understand :  perplex The directions confused me and I got lost.

  2. 2 :  to fail to tell apart Teachers always confused the twins.



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