Bewilder Be*wil"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bewildered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bewildering}.] [Pref. be- + wilder.] To lead into perplexity or confusion, as for lack of a plain path; to perplex with mazes; or in general, to perplex or confuse greatly. [1913 Webster]

Lost and bewildered in the fruitless search. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To perplex; puzzle; entangle; confuse; confound; mystify; embarrass; lead astray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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