Definition of Confuse

1. Verb. Mistake one thing for another. "I mistook her for the secretary"

Exact synonyms: Confound
Generic synonyms: Misidentify, Mistake
Related verbs: Blur, Obnubilate, Obscure, Jumble, Mix Up
Derivative terms: Confusion

2. Verb. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly. "The performance is likely to confuse Sue"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"

3. Verb. Cause to feel embarrassment. "The bad news will confuse him"; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
Exact synonyms: Disconcert, Flurry, Put Off
Related verbs: Bedevil, Befuddle, Confound, Discombobulate, Fox, Fuddle, Throw
Specialized synonyms: Fluster, Bother, Deflect, Distract
Generic synonyms: Abash, Embarrass
Derivative terms: Confusion, Disconcertion, Disconcertment

4. Verb. Assemble without order or sense. "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence"
Exact synonyms: Jumble, Mix Up
Related verbs: Confound
Specialized synonyms: Addle, Muddle, Puddle
Generic synonyms: Assemble, Piece, Put Together, Set Up, Tack, Tack Together
Derivative terms: Confusion, Jumble, Jumble

5. Verb. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred. "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
Exact synonyms: Blur, Obnubilate, Obscure
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Related verbs: Confound
Specialized synonyms: Muddy

Definition of Confuse

1. a. Mixed; confounded.

2. v. t. To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision.

Definition of Confuse

1. Verb. To thoroughly mix; to confound; to disorder. ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete) To rout; discomfit. ¹

3. Verb. To mix up; to puzzle; to bewilder. ¹

4. Verb. To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass. ¹

5. Verb. To mistake one thing for another. ¹

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Definition of Confuse

1. to mix up mentally [v -FUSED, -FUSING, -FUSES]

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Literary usage of Confuse

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Antonyms: see confuse. elucidative, a. illustrative, demonstrative, ... bother, abash, encumber, trouble, harass, annoy, shame, mortify, hamper, confuse. ..."

2. The Principles of International Law by Thomas Joseph Lawrence (1895)
"... great writers who founded modern International confuse the ethical T ,., -. . ... we must hold that the writers in question confuse fact and theory, ..."

3. An Elementary Latin Dictionary by Charlton Thomas Lewis, Hugh Macmaster Kingery (1918)
"... confuse, adv. with comp. [confusus], confusedly, in disorder: loqui: ... [P. of confundo], mingled, confuse'!, perplexed, disorderly: strages, ..."

4. Human Behavior: A First Book in Psychology for Teachers by Stephen Sheldon Colvin, William Chandler Bagley (1913)
"In his play he imagines with great vividness that the stick that he bestrides is a prancing steed, yet he does not go so far as to confuse it with his ..."

5. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1882)
"... brodeln, to bubble (whence to give off steam, confuse') ; G. brodel, brodem, vapour, allied to E. Breath (Scheler). ..."

6. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"We must not confuse the apologies of the early Christian ages with formal apologetics. Like the sermons of the day, they contributed to apologetics without ..."

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