What does confuse mean?

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kənˈfyuzcon·fuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confuse, confoundverb

    mistake one thing for another

    "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"

  2. confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulateverb

    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

    "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"

  3. confuse, flurry, disconcert, put offverb

    cause to feel embarrassment

    "The constant attention of the young man confused her"

  4. jumble, confuse, mix upverb

    assemble without order or sense

    "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"

  5. confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilateverb

    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

    "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"

Wiktionary

  1. confuseverb

    To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.

    Etymology: Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from confus, from confusus, past participle of confundō.

  2. confuseverb

    To rout; discomfit.

    Etymology: Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from confus, from confusus, past participle of confundō.

  3. confuseverb

    To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.

    Etymology: Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from confus, from confusus, past participle of confundō.

  4. confuseverb

    To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.

    Etymology: Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from confus, from confusus, past participle of confundō.

  5. confuseverb

    To mistake one thing for another.

    Etymology: Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from confus, from confusus, past participle of confundō.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confuseadjective

    mixed; confounded

    Etymology: [F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of confundere. See Confound.]

  2. Confuseverb

    to mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision

    Etymology: [F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of confundere. See Confound.]

  3. Confuseverb

    to perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession

    Etymology: [F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of confundere. See Confound.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Confuse

    kon-fūz′, v.t. to pour or mix together so that things cannot be distinguished: to throw into disorder: to perplex.—v.i. to be confused.—adj. Confused′, perplexed: disordered.—adv. Confus′edly, in a confused manner: disorderly.—ns. Confus′edness, state of being confused: disorder; Confū′sion, the state of being confused: disorder: shame: overthrow: perplexity: embarrassment: turmoil.—adj. Confū′sive. [A doublet of Confound.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'confuse' in Verbs Frequency: #953

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of confuse in a Sentence

  1. Dwight D. Eisenhower:

    Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

  2. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.

  3. Lewis Thomas:

    Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.

  4. Michael J. Fox:

    I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for perfection is God's business.

  5. Kara Stein:

    I am concerned that this rule will not only confuse retail investors, but also brokerages.

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