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CONFUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confuse mean? 

CONFUSE (verb)
  The verb CONFUSE has 6 senses:

1. mistake one thing for another
2. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
3. cause to feel embarrassment
4. assemble without order or sense
5. make unclear or incomprehensible
6. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

  Familiarity information: CONFUSE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFUSE (verb)


Sense 1confuse [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 "confuse" is one way to...):

misidentify; mistake (identify incorrectly)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2confuse [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 "confuse" 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 "confuse"):

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


Sense 3confuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to feel embarrassment

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

disconcert; flurry; confuse; put off

Context example:

The constant attention of the young man confused her

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

abash; embarrass (cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious)

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

fluster (cause to be nervous or upset)

bother (make confused or perplexed or puzzled)

deflect; distract (draw someone's attention away from something)

Sentence frames:

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

Sentence examples:

The bad news will confuse him
The good news will confuse her
The performance is likely to confuse Sue


Sense 4confuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assemble without order or sense

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

mix up; jumble; confuse

Context example:

She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence

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

assemble; piece; put together; set up; tack; tack together (create by putting components or members together)

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

addle; muddle; puddle (mix up or confuse)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5confuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make unclear or incomprehensible

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The new tax return forms only confuse

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

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6confuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

obscure; obnubilate; blur; confuse

Context examples:

Her remarks confused the debate / Their words obnubilate their intentions

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

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

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

muddy (cause to become muddy)

Sentence frames:

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


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