Confuse Definition

confused, confuses, confusing
confused, confuses, confusing
To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; bewilder or perplex.
American Heritage
To mix up; jumble together; put into disorder.
Webster's New World
To cause to feel embarrassment.
American Heritage
To mix up mentally.
Webster's New World
To fail to differentiate (one person or thing) from another.
Confused effusiveness with affection.
American Heritage

Origin of Confuse

  • Middle English confusen from Old French confus perplexed from Latin cōnfūsus past participle of cōnfundere to mix together confound

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back formation from Middle English confused ("frustrated, ruined"), from Anglo-Norman confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundō.

    From Wiktionary

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