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.
adj 1: causing confusion or disorientation; "a confusing jumble of
road signs"; "being hospitalized can be confusing and
distressing for a small child"
2: lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity;
"sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone
who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement" [syn: perplexing,