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CONFOUND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confound mean? 

CONFOUND (verb)
  The verb CONFOUND has 2 senses:

1. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
2. mistake one thing for another

  Familiarity information: CONFOUND used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFOUND (verb)


Sense 1confound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

befuddle; confound; fox; discombobulate; confuse; bedevil; fuddle; throw

Context examples:

These questions confuse even the experts / This question completely threw me / This question befuddled even the teacher

Hypernyms (to "confound" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "confound"):

demoralize (confuse or put into disorder)

amaze; baffle; beat; bewilder; dumbfound; flummox; get; gravel; mystify; nonplus; perplex; pose; puzzle; stick; stupefy; vex (be a mystery or bewildering to)

disorient; disorientate (cause to be lost or disoriented)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to confound Sue


Sense 2confound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Mistake one thing for another

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

confuse; confound

Context examples:

you are confusing me with the other candidate / I mistook her for the secretary

Hypernyms (to "confound" is one way to...):

misidentify; mistake (identify incorrectly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something PP


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