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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confuse  \Con*fuse"\,  a.  [F.  confus,  L.  confusus  p.  p.  of 
  confundere  See  {Confound}.] 
  Mixed;  confounded.  [Obs.]  --Baret. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confuse  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confuse 
  v  1:  mistake  one  thing  for  another;  "you  are  confusing  me  with 
  the  other  candidate";  "I  mistook  her  for  the  secretary" 
  [syn:  {mistake},  {confound}] 
  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},  {consternate},  {disconcert}, 
  {put  off}] 
  4:  assemble  without  order  or  sense  "She  jumbles  the  words  when 
  she  is  supposed  to  write  a  sentence"  [syn:  {jumble},  {mix 
  up}] 
  5:  make  unclear  or  incomprehensible;  "The  new  tax  return  forms 
  only  confuse" 
  6:  make  unclear,  indistinct,  or  blurred;  "Her  remarks  confused 
  the  debate"  [syn:  {blur},  {obscure}]  [ant:  {clarify}] 




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