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English verb: confuse

1. confuse (cognition) mistake one thing for another

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


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

2. confuse (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.

Synonymsbedevil, befuddle, confound, 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

3. confuse (emotion) cause to feel embarrassment

SamplesThe constant attention of the young man confused her.

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

Synonymsdisconcert, flurry, put off

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

Broader (hypernym)abash, embarrass

Narrower (hyponym)bother, deflect, distract, fluster

Verb groupbedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw

4. confuse (creation) assemble without order or sense

SamplesShe jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence.

Synonymsjumble, mix up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together

Narrower (hyponym)addle, muddle, puddle

Verb groupconfound, confuse

5. confuse (cognition) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

SamplesHer remarks confused the debate.
Their words obnubilate their intentions.

Synonymsblur, obnubilate, obscure

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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)muddy

Verb groupconfound, confuse

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