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Meaning & Definition of Confuse in English





1. Mistake one thing for another

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

3. Cause to feel embarrassment

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

4. Assemble without order or sense

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

5. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

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

Examples of using

One must not confuse "must not" with "need not".
I often confuse Spanish vowels.
I just wanted to confuse you.