confuse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back formation from Middle English confused (frustrated, ruined), from Anglo-Norman confus, from Latin confusus, past participle of confundō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kənˈfjuːz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːz

Verb[edit]

confuse (third-person singular simple present confuses, present participle confusing, simple past and past participle confused)

  1. (transitive) to puzzle, perplex, baffle, bewilder (somebody); to afflict by being complicated, contradictory, or otherwise difficult to understand
    It confused me when I went to the office and nobody was there, but then I realised it was Sunday.
  2. (transitive) To mix up, muddle up (one thing with another); to mistake (one thing for another).
    People who say "hola" to Italians are confusing Italian with Spanish.
  3. (transitive) To mix thoroughly; to confound; to disorder.
  4. (transitive, dated) To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To rout; discomfit.
  6. (intransitive) To be confused.

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Translations[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • confuse at OneLook Dictionary Search.
  • confuse in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

confuse

  1. feminine singular of confus

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /konˈfu.ze/
  • Rhymes: -uze
  • Hyphenation: con‧fù‧se

Etymology 1[edit]

Participle[edit]

confuse f pl

  1. feminine plural of confuso

Adjective[edit]

confuse f pl

  1. feminine plural of confuso

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

confuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of confondere

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

cōnfūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of cōnfūsus

References[edit]

  • confuse”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • confuse”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • confuse in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • confuse in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette