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 That the Mandalorian and Kuiil seem confused by what the Yoda baby did to the Space Rhino (wow, that was a weird sentence). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "In 'The Mandalorian,' the Galaxy Far, Far Away Gets Weird," 15 Nov. 2019 And when humility gets confused with humiliation, defiance becomes a point of pride. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Apology," 7 Nov. 2019 Besides that though, quite a few seemed really confused. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Ripa Is Shocked After Fans Mistake Her for Her Daughter Lola in Halloween Instagram," 29 Oct. 2019 Still, analysts seem confused about what's next for the stock. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Netflix is this year's worst FAANG stock. But could it soon rebound?," 14 Oct. 2019 The spirit and letter of the law Comparisons aside, not all of the justices seemed confused about whether the 1964 civil rights law intended to protect LGBTQ+ individuals. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Arguments about sex had heads spinning at the US Supreme Court," 8 Oct. 2019 As a result, the brain gets confused in a manner that encourages overeating. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, "A New Theory of Obesity," 25 Sep. 2019 Fitzpatrick seems more confused and frustrated over his role and this team’s direction than anything. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: No way Dolphins should give in and trade Fitzpatrick | Commentary," 16 Sep. 2019 The radical left seems to have been divided, confused, and unable to affect the crisis over Brexit. Ashley Smith, Harper's magazine, "Left of Europe," 16 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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The first known use of confused was in the 14th century

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Confused.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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