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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"


  1. confuseverb

    To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.

  2. confuseverb

    To rout; discomfit.

  3. confuseverb

    To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.

  4. confuseverb

    To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.

  5. confuseverb

    To mistake one thing for another.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONFUSEverb

    Etymology: confusus, Latin.

    We may have a clear and distinct idea of the existence of many things, though our ideas of their intimate essences and causes are very confused and obscure. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Confus’d and sadly she at length replies. Alexander Pope, Statius.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confuseadjective

    mixed; confounded

  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

  3. Confuseverb

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

  4. 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. President Donald Trump:

    When I did this now I said, I probably, maybe will confuse people.

  2. Don Lemon:

    I never said I thought it was terrible.Im telling you were in the middle of a pandemic right now, were in the middle of a pandemic and everytime this president comes out, he gives inaccurate information. So I dont understand why he would even come out and do it at all if he is going to confuse the American people even more ! You dont understand that ? Youre a governor ! Im surprised you dont understand that !

  3. 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.

  4. Chen Fengying:

    We cannot be soft with Trump. He is using his 'irrationality' as a tactic and he is trying to confuse us, but if we could accomplish some of the things that he wants us to do - such as IP, market reforms, he'd be helping us. Of course there are risks, those would depend on how we handle those reforms.

  5. Tausha Cordova:

    It’s going to confuse the kids and may even bring [gender confusion] on early.

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