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 confused (audio) , -​ˈfyüzd-​ \ adverb
confusedness \ kən-​ˈfyü-​zəd-​nəs How to pronounce confused (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 An hour later, in Powellhurst-Gilbert, a ninety-three-year-old woman became confused and feverish. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Bradley ends up on Laura’s doorstep with a $300 gift card to Crate & Barrel, begging for a hug because Bradley is confused and upset and is going through it. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 Dallas police are asking for the public’s help finding a 70-year-old man who may be confused and need help. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 These inputs often contradict one another, leaving the employee confused and even traumatized. Lisa Bodell, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Some local administrators were confused and frustrated after Whitmer did not immediately disavow portions of the budget that would withhold funding from county health departments that ordered masks in schools. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 28 Sep. 2021 The only thing consistent about heath experts’ mask guidance at the beginning of the pandemic was inconsistency, making many Americans confused and skeptical. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 25 Sep. 2021 The news, which broke in August, confused and dismayed many experts who were concerned about politicization of the regulatory process. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 The ewe quickly gained fame on social media, with some joking that the lamb was confused and actually trying to find Utah State University, which has programs specializing in farming and agriculture. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of confused was in the 14th century

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“Confused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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