con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio) \

Definition of confused

1a : being perplexed or disconcerted the confused students
b : disoriented with regard to one's sense of time, place, or identity The patient became confused.
2 : indistinguishable a zigzag, crisscross, confused trail— Harry Hervey
3 : being disordered or mixed up a contradictory and often confused story

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Other Words from confused

confusedly \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​lē How to pronounce confusedly (audio) , -​ˈfyüzd-​ \ adverb
confusedness \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​nəs How to pronounce confusedness (audio) , -​ˈfyüz(d)-​ \ noun

Examples of confused in a Sentence

I've never been so confused. We're confused about what to do next. He gave a confused speech denying the accusations.
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The kids of New Ham were left confused when Lexie and Harry said that Allie and Will tried to rig the upcoming mayoral election to stay in power. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Questions We Want Answered in Season 2 of "The Society"," 22 May 2019 Parents who appeared in federal court in McAllen earlier this month appeared confused about where their children had been taken, why and whether they would be reunified. Molly Hennessy-fiske,, "Was a breastfeeding infant really taken from an immigrant mother? The answer to this and other questions about families separated at the border," 16 June 2018 Some of the shooting’s details, however, left a few neighbors on Troy confused about what transpired. Elyssa Cherney,, "Man critically wounded in Irving Park shooting: 'Nothing but kids on this block'," 22 May 2018 Many of those additional people stay for only a week or two in vacation rentals, leaving them confused about trash handling and not focused on snuffing out flies. David Garrick,, "Mission Beach avoids return of swarming flies without City Hall fight," 21 Apr. 2018 Mike Lempres: Lempres’s most recent title was chief policy officer, but his previous job as the head of the legal and risk offices put him at the forefront of Coinbase’s interactions with regulators who are still pretty confused by cryptocurrencies. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "How an $8 billion Silicon Valley startup has shared talent with one of its most prominent investors," 26 Nov. 2018 While Paul Mainieri remains confused by the lack of movement for LSU baseball in the RPI, the Tigers are back in some postseason projections. Brody Miller,, "Latest projections have LSU baseball back in the Field of 64," 9 May 2018 The Gartz family lived in the neighborhood in the midst of these chaotic changes, similarly confused about what was happening. Tanner Howard, Chicago Reader, "Redlined tells story of one of the last white families in West Garfield Park," 10 Apr. 2018 Kit Harington explained his character's confused and conflicted reaction to Entertainment Weekly. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Is Not Handling That Big Game of Thrones Revelation Well," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of confused

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for confused

Middle English — more at confuse

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English Language Learners Definition of confused

: unable to understand or think clearly
: difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.


con·​fused | \ kən-ˈfyüzd How to pronounce confused (audio) \

Medical Definition of confused

: affected with mental confusion

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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