Definition of confound verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    confound

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaʊnd//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confound
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaʊnd//
     
    he / she / it confounds
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaʊndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaʊndz//
     
    past simple confounded
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    past participle confounded
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaʊndɪd//
     
    -ing form confounding
    BrE BrE//kənˈfaʊndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfaʊndɪŋ//
     
    Surprise
     
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  1. 1confound somebody to confuse and surprise somebody synonym baffle The sudden rise in share prices has confounded economists. See related entries: Surprise
  2. 2confound somebody/something to prove somebody/something wrong to confound expectations She confounded her critics and proved she could do the job. The rise in share prices confounded expectations.
  3. 3confound somebody (old-fashioned) to defeat an enemy
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French confondre, from Latin confundere ‘pour together, mix up’. Compare with confuse.Idioms (old-fashioned) used to show that you are angry about something/with somebody
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