Confuse meaning

kən-fyo͝oz'
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.

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To make something unclear or incomprehensible.

A new tax code that only confuses.

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To mix up; jumble together; put into disorder.
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To mix up mentally.
  • To bewilder; perplex.
  • To embarrass; disconcert; abash.
  • To fail to distinguish between; mistake the identity of.
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To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder.
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To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder.
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To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.
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To mistake one thing for another.
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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