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con·fuse

confuse

 
 
pronunciation:
kn fyuz
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: confuses, confusing, confused
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.It confuses me that he wants to change his will--it doesn't make any sense!It confused the students when the teacher contradicted herself several times.
 
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
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derivations: confusing (adj.), confusedly (adv.), confusedness (n.)
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