What does confuse mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term confuse:

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"


  1. confuse(Verb)

    To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.

  2. confuse(Verb)

    To rout; discomfit.

  3. confuse(Verb)

    To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.

  4. confuse(Verb)

    To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.

  5. confuse(Verb)

    To mistake one thing for another.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confuse(adj)

    mixed; confounded

  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

  3. Confuse(verb)

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

  4. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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


  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

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