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 No matter their geographic or financial backgrounds, parents are often conflicted and confused. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Online school? In-person? How parents are making their own fall 2020 decisions as COVID-19 squabbles continue," 14 July 2020 Can a nice guy wrangle and guide a confused and angry nation? Washington Post, "Surgeon General Jerome Adams may be the nicest guy in the Trump administration. But is that what America needs right now?," 12 July 2020 Critics say its hesitation to recommend simple measures such as face masks added to a confused global response to the virus., "Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths," 10 July 2020 Late in Rose’s life, these two car accidents became confused in her mind. Ben Lerner, The New York Review of Books, "The Rose," 6 July 2020 In an interview, Duvall and Sankey said the nine-month ordeal left them feeling powerless and confused. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "'We were guilty until we could prove ourselves innocent': Family files claim against DCS after newborn taken," 2 July 2020 In June, researchers in France reported that 84% of patients in intensive care had neurological issues, and a third were confused or disoriented at discharge. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus autopsies: A story of 38 brains, 87 lungs and 42 hearts," 1 July 2020 The early replies started confused and gradually grew in frustration. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar asked whether IndyCar or NASCAR was better and you ripped us for it," 29 June 2020 Many of those arrested may have been too high or confused to consent to appearing. The Economist, "Watching the detectives Television has distorted Americans’ view of policing," 27 June 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 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 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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