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 After a brief back and forth, her son was still confused. Vanessa Arredondo,, "2 Vallejo teachers placed on leave after recording shows them insulting students," 12 Oct. 2020 Even people who get a monthly Social Security disability check are confused. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Disability benefits: They’re not welfare, but difficult to get," 11 Oct. 2020 There were the motorcycle cops, looking important, and a fancy van to shepherd the press, and a gathering crowd that seemed half starstruck, half confused. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Can the Democrats Win Back Pennsylvania?," 23 Sep. 2020 Earlier this year, the two ailments often were confused, making treatment decisions harder for patients. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "To: Flu season 2020. From: Humans. Subject: We're better prepared for you," 22 Sep. 2020 As the two sides were negotiating the final details of the markup, Mark became confused. Gary Miller, The Denver Post, "Gary Miller: Study the “definitive agreement” carefully, or risk losing the deal," 23 Feb. 2020 North East and San Antonio ISDs, as well as Pasadena ISD in Harris County and Plano ISD north of Dallas, were similarly confused when their data was not published. Cayla Harris,, "Texas republishes data on school coronavirus cases but omits hundreds of districts," 2 Oct. 2020 Sensitivity is also sometimes confused with being shy. Richard Schiffman, Star Tribune, "Highly sensitive children can flourish in the right environment," 2 Oct. 2020 Christie said her team was inundated with emails from confused employees asking what Dorsey meant. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Americans might never come back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge.," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce confused (audio)

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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