- To confuse is to make someone bewildered or unable to understand, or to mistake one thing for something else.
- When you explain something in a way that makes no sense, this is an example of a time when you confuse.
- When you make a situation more complicated than it needs to be, this is an example of a time when you confuse a situation.
- When you think that a black shirt looks blue, this is an example of a time when you confuse black for blue.
- to mix up; jumble together; put into disorder
- to mix up mentally; specif.,
- to bewilder; perplex
- to embarrass; disconcert; abash
- to fail to distinguish between; mistake the identity of
Origin: Middle English confusen ; from confus, perplexed ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin confusus, past participle of confundere: see confound
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verb con·fused, con·fus·ing, con·fus·es verb, transitive
- a. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; throw off.b. To cause to feel embarrassment.
- a. To mistake (for another): confused effusiveness with affection.b. To make opaque; blur: “The old labels … confuse debate instead of clarifying it” (Christopher Lasch).c. To assemble without order or sense; jumble.
- Archaic To bring to ruination.
Origin: Middle English confusen, from Old French confus, perplexed, from Latin cōnfūsus, past participle of cōnfundere, to mix together; see confound.
- con·fusˈa·ble adjective
- con·fusˈing·ly adverb