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 The 37-year-old seemed genuinely confused by the protests, which he was forced to acknowledge during at least one Manhattan fundraiser because the noise outside was so loud. Arkansas Online, "Turbulence shakes Democrats going into final debate of 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 Ariel appeared somewhat confused during the reunification, Sullivan said. CBS News, "The U.S. continues to separate migrant families. For one father, a miscommunication proved costly," 16 Dec. 2019 The Duke suddenly appears confused, and asks for clarification. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Ed Sheeran Mistakes a World Mental Health Day Meeting With Prince Harry for a 'Gingers Unite' Brainstorming Session: Watch," 10 Oct. 2019 The nurse suggested that the pain medication had left her confused, but Serena knew exactly what was happening. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Reflect on Venus and Serena Williams' Legacy," 30 Sep. 2019 Friday’s game marked their first at Maryland Stadium, and left both a little confused. Don Markus,, "'Everybody’s excited’: Early wins give Maryland football fans hope for future ahead of sold-out Penn State game," 28 Sep. 2019 Even so, our jog through the battlefield had established enough sweaty rapport to leave us mildly confused about our footing. The Economist, "Running with Samantha Power," 27 Sep. 2019 Amazon’s warning, which began appearing on December 20, confused and angered many of Honey’s users, some of whom complained on its official social media channels. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Amazon Takes a Swipe at PayPal's $4 Billion Acquisition," 9 Jan. 2020 On April 3, police found Rini wandering on a Newport street, appearing confused and in need of help, court documents say. Kevin Grasha,, "Man who pretended to be missing boy Timmothy Pitzen set to plead guilty in federal court," 6 Jan. 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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26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confused.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 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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