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

But after the initial excitement wore off, Cox felt confused and uncertain. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "Daters discard one another so quickly. Could this experiment help people commit?," 6 Aug. 2019 The exchange was a notable one — especially on the second night of debates, when the discussion often seemed muddled and confused and no candidate really stood out. Emily Stewart, Vox, "#KamalaHarrisDestroyed debate signals how much we still don’t understand about social media manipulation," 2 Aug. 2019 As the comment appeared on the screen, Millie made a face that fell somewhere between confused and disgusted and Millie never acknowledged James's comment. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Are James Charles and Millie Bobby Brown Fighting?," 31 July 2019 The 10-year-old looked confused while holding onto his leg. Alice Yin,, "‘He was shaking and scared’: 10-year-old boy, 2 cousins shot in East Garfield Park," 29 July 2019 When the team originally was announced last month, there were some confused and angry athletes., "Vin Lananna watches from the sideline as USATF stumbles and fumbles: Oregon track & field rundown," 25 July 2019 People suffering from heat stroke also can be dizzy, confused and can become unconscious, the agency said. Christine Dempsey,, "Weather service warns of excessive heat Saturday, temps to feel like 107," 18 July 2019 Rescuers found his wife, 84-year-old Hilda Becker, confused and disoriented. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "84-year-old man dies after being found with wife stranded in Buckeye wash," 3 July 2019 Sharon Radom, who died in 2014, had severe multiple sclerosis, needed caregiver assistance and was often confused and unaware of her surroundings. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Claim: My husband helped attorney Mike Morse hide MRI center money," 19 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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