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confuse

con·fuse

confuse

 
 
pronunciation:
kn fyuz
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: confused, confuses, confusing
definition 1: to combine in a disordered, unclear way; fail to distinguish between or among.
I called her by the wrong name because I confused her with another woman that I know from work.He confused gratitude with love.
synonyms:
confound, mix, mix up
antonyms:
differentiate
similar words:
blur, dizzy, jumble, lump together, mistake, muddle, scramble
definition 2: to make obscure or indistinct.
His irrelevant objections merely confused the issue.
synonyms:
befog, blur, muddy, obfuscate, obscure
antonyms:
clarify, elucidate, illuminate, simplify
similar words:
becloud, fog, involve, jumble, perplex
definition 3: to mislead or bewilder.
These badly written instructions have confused me completely.As she gets more elderly, loud noises and bright lights increasingly confuse her.
 
synonyms:
addle, befuddle, bewilder, daze, discombobulate, nonplus
antonyms:
enlighten
similar words:
baffle, befog, bother, buffalo, confound, disconcert, dumbfound, evade, fluster, fog, fuddle, mislead, muddle, mystify, obfuscate, perplex, pother, puzzle, stun, stupefy, throw
derivations: confusing (adj.), confusedly (adv.), confusedness (n.)
Word Parts
The word confuse contains the following parts:
con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."
fus Latin root that means to pour