What does confuse mean?

Definitions for confuse
kənˈfyuzcon·fuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confuse, confound(verb)

    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, discombobulate(verb)

    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 off(verb)

    cause to feel embarrassment

    "The constant attention of the young man confused her"

  4. jumble, confuse, mix up(verb)

    assemble without order or sense

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

  5. confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate(verb)

    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

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

Wiktionary

  1. confuse(Verb)

    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. confuse(Verb)

    To rout; discomfit.

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

  3. confuse(Verb)

    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. confuse(Verb)

    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. confuse(Verb)

    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. Confuse(adj)

    mixed; confounded

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

  2. Confuse(verb)

    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. Confuse(verb)

    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

How to pronounce confuse?

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How to say confuse in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Alex Azar:

    In my country, social media conspiracy groups confuse well-meaning parents so they hesitate to get the recommended vaccinations.

  2. Kara Stein:

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

  3. Carlos Salazar:

    And let's not confuse migration problems with trade problems and industry problems.

  4. Beto O'Rourke:

    This is why people don’t like Washington, D.C., you just said something that I did not say and attributed it to me. This is your trick of the trade, to confuse and incite based on fear.

  5. The Wellingtons:

    There aren’t any real surprises that will confuse me, and that makes things go a lot more smoothly, even the way they run the tours are familiar. I’m very comfortable in the process even when we’re out off the ship going somewhere. The methodology, the way they conduct the tours is all very familiar.

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