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

 

confute

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they confute
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːt//
 
he / she / it confutes
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːts//
 
past simple confuted
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːtɪd//
 
past participle confuted
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːtɪd//
 
-ing form confuting
BrE BrE//kənˈfjuːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈfjuːtɪŋ//
 
 
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confute somebody/something (formal) to prove a person or an argument to be wrong Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin confutare ‘restrain, answer conclusively’, from con- ‘altogether’ + the base of refutare ‘refute’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: confute