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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Recent Examples on the Web

Keep that up and Saturday won’t be the last time Harrison and his teammates are confused about which big hit someone is talking about. Doug Lesmerises,, "Ohio State’s big hits told the Buckeyes’ defense it was back," 1 Sep. 2019 The first thing to get out of the way is that people are confused. Laura Reiley,, "Veggie burgers were living an idyllic existence. Then they got caught in a war over the future of meat," 26 Aug. 2019 The answer may be a woman who is bored, confused, disillusioned or has stopped putting in the effort that’s required to maintain a satisfactory relationship. Dear Abby,, "Dear Abby: The magic is gone but we have 2 young kids. What do I do?," 10 Aug. 2019 When Gracie came to, Phillips was crying and Gracie was confused. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Woman warns of rare condition after child's scary reaction to hair curling: 'Look it up'," 19 July 2019 As with most Mike Leach-isms: read it again, remain confused and move on. 6. Joan Niesen,, "Ranking the Most Bizarre College Football Coach Quotes of This Century," 10 Sep. 2019 Unexpectedly, the hotline’s volunteers have become stewards for a confused and scared population, desperate to find answers amid chaos. NBC News, "Yearning to Breathe Free: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI," 6 Sep. 2019 This had never happened before, so I was left feeling very confused and sad. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: New job triggers memories of violent sexual assault," 5 Sep. 2019 Some were angry and confused. ‘‘Other children expressed feelings of fear or guilt and became concerned for their parents’ welfare,’’ according to the report. Garance Burke,, "‘Can’t feel my heart:’ Report says separated kids traumatized," 4 Sep. 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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