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Definition of confound verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confound
    he / she / it confounds
    past simple confounded
    -ing form confounding
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  1. 1confound somebody to confuse and surprise someone synonym baffle The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists.
  2. 2confound somebody/something to prove someone or something wrong to confound expectations She confounded her critics and proved she could do the job.
  3. 3confound somebody (old-fashioned) to defeat an enemy
  4. Idioms
    confound it/you! (old-fashioned)
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    used to show that you are angry about something/with someone
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: confound