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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Jed’s family’s doubts left Hannah feeling confused about her feelings for the singer-songwriter, 25. Dana Rose Falcone,, "The Bachelorette: Jed's Family Worries Hannah Could Hurt His Music Career During Hometown Date," 8 July 2019 So what’s an adult to do when difficult topics, like for example the US-Mexico border wall, dominate the news, kids are confused, and maintaining total blissful innocence is no longer possible? Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "How to talk to small kids about big issues like border walls," 7 July 2019 But Republic leaders, including McConnell, expressed concern over the debate itself, saying that if Congress appeared to be trying to limit the president's actions, the international community would be further confused about U.S. policy. Anchorage Daily News, "Salvos of insults stoke US tensions with Iran," 26 June 2019 Everyone is kind of confused about the fact that Jake Paul proposed to his girlfriend of two months, Tana Mongeau, at her 21st birthday party the other night. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tana Mongeau's Engagement to Jake Paul Left Bella Thorne in Tears," 25 June 2019 And for all of the critics who are confused, her looks, her hair, her skin color, her musculature, and her body are all reminders of what Black woman magic looks like truly realized. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "11 Beauty Moments That Remind Us Why Serena Williams Deserves Her Wheaties Box," 25 June 2019 His 1915 general theory of relativity built on the notion that gravity and acceleration are not just easily confused, but are one and the same. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How to Understand Einstein's Theory of Gravity," 24 May 2019 Naturally, Twitter is very confused about the PDA moment. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Cardi B and Offset Locked Tongues on the Grammy's 2019 Red Carpet," 11 Feb. 2019 An arriving officer located a Brooklyn woman, who was not only intoxicated but also confused about her location. John Benson,, "Drunk and confused resident attempts to enter wrong home: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 26 June 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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