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confuse Explained

confuse at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


confuse at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

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 someone or something else: --People might well confuse the two products.// confuse sb/sth with sb/sth// --I always confuse you with your sister - you look so alike.// --Donald Regan, not to be confused with former President Ronald Reagan//
3 confuse the issue/matter/argument etc: to make it even more difficult to think clearly about a situation or problem or to deal with it// --He kept asking unnecessary questions which only confused the issue.//

confuse at French => English Of Explained:

abashed, ashamedly, embarassed

confuse at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

129 Moby Thesaurus words for "confuse":
abash, addle, addle the wits, agitate, baffle, ball up, becloud,
bedazzle, befog, befuddle, bemuse, bewilder, blur,
blur distinctions, bollix up, botch, bother, buffalo, bug, cap,
cast down, chagrin, cloud, color, complicate, confound, daze,
dazzle, deform, derange, disarrange, discombobulate, discomfit,
discompose, disconcert, discountenance, dishevel, dismay, disorder,
disorganize, disorient, disquiet, distort, distract, disturb,
dizzy, embarrass, embrangle, ensnarl, entangle, faze, flummox,
flurry, fluster, flutter, fog, fog up, foul up, fuddle, fumble,
fuss, fuzz, garble, implicate, involve, jumble, jumble together,
knock galley-west, knot, louse up, make uncertain, maze, mess up,
miscolor, misdeem, misguide, misidentify, mislead, mist, mix,
mix up, mizzle, moider, mortify, muck up, muddle, muddy, mull,
mystify, obfuscate, obscure, overlook distinctions, perplex,
perturb, pervert, pi, play hob with, pose, pother, put out, puzzle,
raise hell, ramify, rattle, ravel, riffle, ruffle, scramble,
screw up, shame, shuffle, snafu, snarl, snarl up, stumble, tangle,
throw, throw into confusion, throw off, throw out, tumble, twist,
unform, unsettle, unshape, upset, warp, wrench, wrest

confuse at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb [VN]
1 to make sb unable to think clearly or understand sth:
They confused me with conflicting accounts of what happened.
2 ~ A and / with B to think wrongly that sb/sth is sb/sth else
People often confuse me and my twin sister. * Be careful not to confuse quantity with quality.
3 to make a subject more difficult to understand:
His comments only served to confuse the issue further.

Confuse at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Confuse \Con*fuse"\, a. [F. confus, L. confusus, p. p. of
confundere. See {Confound}.]
Mixed; confounded. [Obs.] --Baret.

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 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}.

confuse at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v 1: mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with
the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"
[syn: {confound}]
2: 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" [syn: {throw}, {fox}, {befuddle}, {fuddle},
{bedevil}, {confound}, {discombobulate}]
3: cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the
young man confused her" [syn: {flurry}, {disconcert}, {put
4: assemble without order or sense; "She jumbles the words when
she is supposed to write a sentence" [syn: {jumble}, {mix
5: make unclear or incomprehensible; "The new tax return forms
only confuse"
6: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused
the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
[syn: {blur}, {obscure}, {obnubilate}]

confuse at English (WD) Of Explained:



Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from Inter: etyl » xno confus, from Inter: etyl » la confusus, past participle of confundō.


* Inter: IPA » /kənˈfjuːz/
  • Inter: rhymes » uːz


    Inter: en-verb » confus|ing

  • To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.
    1. Inter: obsolet » e To rout; discomfit.
    2. To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.
    3. To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.
    4. To mistake one thing for another.


      * flummox

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    Related terms

    * confused
  • confusing
  • confusion


    Inter: trans-top » to mix thoroughly
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|размесвам
  • Chinese: Inter: zh-tsp » 攪亂|搅乱|jiǎoluàn
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|verwarren, Inter: t- » nl|in de war brengen, Inter: t- » nl|dooreenhalen
  • Finnish: sotkea, sekoittaa (täysin / perusteellisesti)
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|vermischen

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|összekever
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|blande
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|смешивать|tr=sméšivat'
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|cuir tro-chèile
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|blanda

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-see » to rout|rout
    Inter: trans-top » to mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|أربك|tr='arbaka
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|обърквам, Inter: t+ » bg|смущавам
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|zmást
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|forvirre
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|verbijsteren
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|konfuzi
    • Finnish: sekoittaa, saada ymmälleen, Inter: t+ » fi|hämätä
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|confondre

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|verwirren, Inter: t- » de|konfuse machen
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|בלבל|m|tr=bilbel
  • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|forvirre
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|confundir
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|încurca
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|путать|tr=pútat'
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|cuir tro-chèile

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to embarrass
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|أربك|tr='arbaka
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|смущавам
    • Chinese:
    • : Inter: ttbc » cmn: Inter: t- » cmn|迷惑|tr=míhuo|sc=Hani
    • Danish: bringe en i Inter: t- » da|forlegenhed
    • Finnish: nolata, saattaa / saada hämilleen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: jemanden in Inter: t+ » de|Verlegenheit|f bringen
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|混乱させる|tr=konran-saseru
  • Norwegian:
  • : Bokmål: bringe noen i Inter: t+ » no|forlegenhet|m|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|смущать|tr=smuščát'

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to mistake one thing for another
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|обърквам
    • Chinese:
    • : Inter: ttbc » cmn: Inter: t- » cmn|混同|tr=hùntóng|sc=Hani
    • Czech: splést, zaměnit
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|forveksle
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|verwarren, Inter: t- » nl|in de war brengen, Inter: t- » nl|dooreenhalen
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|konfuzi
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|sekoittaa, Inter: t- » fi|erehtyä
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|confondre

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|verwechseln
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|בלבל|m|tr=bilbel
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|összekever
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|混同する|tr=kondō-suru
  • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|forveksle
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|pomylić
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|путать|tr=pútat'
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|karıştırmak

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » es: confundir
    • Inter: ttbc » sv: förvirra

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * discombobulate



    * Inter: audio » Fr-Paris--confuse.ogg|Audio (Paris)


    Inter: fr-adj-for » m {{f}}
  • Inter: form of » feminine|confus|lang=fr

  • Italian


    confuse {{p}}
  • Inter: feminine of » confuso#Adjective|confuso



  • third-person singular past historic of confondere
    1. Feminine plural past participle of confondere

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    Inter: la-part-form » cōnfūse
  • Inter: inflection of » confusus|cōnfūsus|voc|m|s|lang=la

  • Translation: et » confuse
    Translation: fa » confuse
    Translation: fr » confuse
    Translation: ko » confuse
    Translation: hr » confuse
    Translation: io » confuse
    Translation: it » confuse
    Translation: kn » confuse
    Translation: sw » confuse
    Translation: ku » confuse
    Translation: lt » confuse
    Translation: li » confuse
    Translation: hu » confuse
    Translation: mg » confuse
    Translation: ml » confuse
    Translation: my » confuse
    Translation: ja » confuse
    Translation: no » confuse
    Translation: pl » confuse
    Category: simple:confuse -
    Translation: fi » confuse
    Translation: sv » confuse
    Translation: ta » confuse
    Translation: te » confuse
    Translation: vi » confuse
    Translation: zh » confuse