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Meaning of CONFUSE

Pronunciation:  kun'fyooz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"
  2. [v]  make unclear or incomprehensible; "The new tax return forms only confuse"
  3. [v]  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"
  4. [v]  mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"
  5. [v]  assemble without order or sense; "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"
  6. [v]  cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"

CONFUSE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, confound, discombobulate, disconcert, flurry, fox, fuddle, jumble, mistake, mix up, put off, throw
 See Also: abash, addle, alter, amaze, assemble, baffle, be, beat, bewilder, bother, change, construe, deflect, demoralize, disorient, disorientate, distract, dumbfound, embarrass, flummox, fluster, get, gravel, interpret, muddle, muddy, mystify, nonplus, perplex, piece, pose, puddle, put together, puzzle, see, set up, stupefy, tack, tack together, vex



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Con*fuse"\, a. [F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of
    confundere. See {Confound}.]
    Mixed; confounded. [Obs.] --Baret.
  2. \Con*fuse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confused}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Confusing}.]
    1. 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.
             A universal hubbub wild Of stunning sounds and
             voices all confused.                  --Milton.
    2. To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose
             Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse A life that
             leads melodious days.                 --Tennyson.
             Confused and sadly she at length replied. --Pope.
    Syn: To abash; disorder; disarrange; disconcert; confound;
         obscure; distract. See {Abash}.
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