Con·fuse a. Mixed; confounded. [Obs.]
Con·fuse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confused p. pr. & vb. n. Confusing.]
1. To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision.
A universal hubbub wild
Of stunning sounds and voices all confused. --Milton.
2. To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession.
Nor thou with shadowed hint confuse
A life that leads melodious days. --Tennyson.
Confused and sadly she at length replied. --Pope.
Syn: -- To abash; disorder; disarrange; disconcert; confound; obscure; distract. See Abash.
v 1: mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with
the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"
2: be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think
clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This
question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled
even the teacher" [syn: throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle,
bedevil, confound, discombobulate]
3: cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the
young man confused her" [syn: flurry, disconcert, put
4: assemble without order or sense; "She jumbles the words when
she is supposed to write a sentence" [syn: jumble, mix
5: make unclear or incomprehensible; "The new tax return forms
6: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused
the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
[syn: blur, obscure, obnubilate]