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English verb: confound

1. confound (cognition) be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly


SamplesThese questions confuse even the experts.
This question completely threw me.
This question befuddled even the teacher.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to confound Sue


Synonymsbedevil, befuddle, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, demoralize, disorient, disorientate, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex


Verb groupconfuse, disconcert, flurry, put off

2. confound (cognition) mistake one thing for another


SamplesYou are confusing me with the other candidate.
I mistook her for the secretary.


Synonymsconfuse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)misidentify, mistake


Verb groupblur, confuse, confuse, jumble, mix up, obnubilate, obscure









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