bewilder

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From be- +‎ wilder

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bewilder (third-person singular simple present bewilders, present participle bewildering, simple past and past participle bewildered)

  1. (transitive) To confuse, puzzle or befuddle someone, especially with many different things.
    All the different possible options may bewilder us.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, Ch.II:
      She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
  2. (transitive) To disorientate someone.
    Don't push me into that maze and bewilder me.

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