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Meaning & Definition of Confuse in English

English

Confuse

/kənfjuz/

verb

1. Mistake one thing for another

  • "You are confusing me with the other candidate"
  • "I mistook her for the secretary"
    synonym:
  • confuse
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • confuse
  • ,
  • throw
  • ,
  • fox
  • ,
  • befuddle
  • ,
  • fuddle
  • ,
  • bedevil
  • ,
  • confound
  • ,
  • discombobulate

3. Cause to feel embarrassment

  • "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
    synonym:
  • confuse
  • ,
  • flurry
  • ,
  • disconcert
  • ,
  • put off

4. Assemble without order or sense

  • "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"
    synonym:
  • jumble
  • ,
  • confuse
  • ,
  • mix up

5. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

  • "Her remarks confused the debate"
  • "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
    synonym:
  • confuse
  • ,
  • blur
  • ,
  • obscure
  • ,
  • obnubilate

Examples of using

Don't confuse love and desire.
I didn't mean to confuse him.
Don't confuse "efficacy" with "efficiency".