- 1 confuse somebody to make somebody unable to think clearly or understand something They confused me with conflicting accounts of what happened.
- 2 confuse A and/with B to think wrongly that somebody/something is somebody/something else synonym mix up People often confuse me and my twin sister. Be careful not to confuse quantity with quality.
- 3 confuse something to make a subject more difficult to understand His comments only served to confuse the issue further. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘rout, bring to ruin’): from Old French confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundere
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BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confuse
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːz//he / she / it confuses
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːzɪz//past simple confused
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːzd//past participle confused
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːzd//-ing form confusing
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːzɪŋ//