confuse

  • 1 Confuse — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 confuse — 1 Confuse, muddle, addle, fuddle, befuddle mean to throw one out mentally so that one cannot think clearly or act intelligently. Confuse usually implies intense embarrassment or bewilderment {you confuse me, and how can I transact business if I… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 confuse — I (bewilder) verb abash, addle, astonish, baffle, befog, befuddle, bemuddle, confound, confundere, daze, discompose, disconcert, distract, embarrass, flurry, fluster, fog, jumble, mislead, mix up, muddle, mystify, nonplus, obfuscate, permiscere,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 confuse — [v1] bewilder someone abash, addle, amaze, astonish, baffle, becloud, bedevil, befuddle, bemuse, cloud, clutter, complicate, confound, darken, daze, demoralize, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, discountenance, disorient, distract, embarrass,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 Confuse — Con*fuse , a. [F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of confundere. See {Confound}.] Mixed; confounded. [Obs.] Baret. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 confuse — 1550s, in literal sense mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable; attested from mid 18c. in active, figurative sense of discomfit in mind or feeling; not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 confuse — ► VERB 1) make bewildered or perplexed. 2) make less easy to understand. 3) mistake (one for another). DERIVATIVES confusable adjective. ORIGIN from Latin confusus, from confundere mix up …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 confuse — [kən fyo͞oz′] vt. confused, confusing [ME confusen < confus, perplexed < OFr < L confusus, pp. of confundere: see CONFOUND] 1. to mix up; jumble together; put into disorder 2. to mix up mentally; specif., a) to bewilder; perplex b) to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 confuse */*/ — UK [kənˈfjuːz] / US [kənˈfjuz] verb [transitive] Word forms confuse : present tense I/you/we/they confuse he/she/it confuses present participle confusing past tense confused past participle confused 1) to make someone feel that they do not… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 confuse — confusable, adj. confusability, n. confusably, adv. confusedly /keuhn fyooh zid lee, fyoohzd /, adv. confusedness, n. /keuhn fyoohz /, v.t., confused, confusing. 1. to pe …

    Universalium

  • 11 confuse — 01. Everyone [confuses] me for my sister because we look so much alike. 02. Some of the questions on the test were really [confusing] for me. 03. Some of the questions on the test really [confused] me. 04. I always get [confused] between the past …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 confuse — [[t]kənfju͟ːz[/t]] confuses, confusing, confused 1) VERB If you confuse two things, you get them mixed up, so that you think one of them is the other one. [V pl n] Great care is taken to avoid confusing the two types of projects... [V n with n] I …

    English dictionary

  • 13 confuse — ● confus, confuse adjectif (latin confusus, de confundere, mélanger) Dont les éléments sont mal distincts ; désordonné, indistinct : Une rumeur confuse. Qui se manifeste à l esprit, aux sens, sans grande netteté, qu on a du mal à analyser, à… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 14 confuse — v. (d; tr.) to confuse with (I always confuse him with his brother) * * * [kən fjuːz] (d; tr.) to confuse with (I always confuse him with his brother) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 confuse — con|fuse [kənˈfju:z] v [T] [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: confused] 1.) to make someone feel that they cannot think clearly or do not understand ▪ I understand the text but the diagrams are confusing me. 2.) to think wrongly that a person or thing is… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 confuse — con|fuse [ kən fjuz ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to make someone feel that they do not understand something: If you don t explain clearly, you ll just confuse the reader. Customers are confused by the range of products for sale. 2. ) to make… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 confuse — verb 1 make sb unable to think clearly; make sth unclear ADVERB ▪ completely, really, thoroughly, totally, utterly ▪ Seeing the two of them together totally confused me. ▪ slightly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 confuse — verb (T) 1 to make someone feel that they cannot think clearly or do not understand: Don t give me so much information you re confusing me! 2 to think wrongly that one person, thing, or idea etc is someone or something else: confuse sb/sth with:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 confuse — verb 1) don t confuse students with too much detail Syn: bewilder, baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confound; informal flummox, faze, stump, fox, discombobulate, bedazzle Ant: enlighten 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 confuse — verb 1) don t confuse students with too much detail Syn: bewilder, baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, nonplus; informal flummox, faze 2) the authors have confused the issue Syn: complicate, muddle …

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