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Definition of "confuse" []

  • To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; throw off. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to feel embarrassment. (verb-transitive)
  • To mistake (for another): confused effusiveness with affection. (verb-transitive)
  • To make opaque; blur: "The old labels ... confuse debate instead of clarifying it” ( Christopher Lasch). (verb-transitive)
  • To assemble without order or sense; jumble. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "confuse" in a sentence
  • "The best way to confuse is to make a bold assertion opposite the truth."
  • "I guess they are trying to loophole their way until the next election, and we've already been hearing the "death squad" and "Obama Czar" wacko talk, trying to once again confuse the American public into trusting their wacko leaders."
  • "Somewhere, the actual goal, or "requirement" to improve by some number got lost on the way to Oz. Hence, the PROCESS became the REQUIREMENT to "address" something as we once again confuse an ACTIVITY with a RESULT."