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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The Gartz family lived in the neighborhood in the midst of these chaotic changes, similarly confused about what was happening. Tanner Howard, Chicago Reader, "Redlined tells story of one of the last white families in West Garfield Park," 10 Apr. 2018 Kit Harington explained his character's confused and conflicted reaction to Entertainment Weekly. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Is Not Handling That Big Game of Thrones Revelation Well," 15 Apr. 2019 Earlier this week, prosecutors dropped 16 charges alleging the actor had staged a hate crime with himself as the victim, an outcome that has sharply divided police and prosecutors in Chicago and left many across the country confused and angry. ... Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "Trump Says FBI to Investigate Smollett Case; Chicago Seeks Repayment for Probe," 28 Mar. 2019 Trump’s shifting timetable for pulling U.S. troops out of Syria has left allies and other players in the region confused and jockeying for influence over a withdrawal strategy that appeared to be a work in progress. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Turkey slams US request for assurances on Syrian Kurds," 8 Jan. 2019 But months after passage, restaurant workers and bartenders said patrons were confused and tipping them less, even though the law hadn’t yet gone into effect. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "DC repealed a ballot measure giving restaurant workers a raise. But it might be back.," 12 Dec. 2018 Viewers were angry and confused after the show revealed Linda had died in an apparent helicopter crash. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Finally Revealed the Truth About Linda Reagan's Death," 12 Nov. 2018 The president often appears confused by policy and has had to clarify his position on major legislation in the past. NBC News, "Despite claims, GOP immigration bill would not end family separation, experts say," 15 June 2018 Fans on Twitter are more confused about this rumored coupling than anything else: This is the second romance rumor involving Lady Gaga to pop up this year. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Has Reportedly Been Spending ‘a Lot of Time’ With Jeremy Renner," 21 Mar. 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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