Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb confuse

5 senses of confuse

Sense 1
confuse, confound -- (mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary")
       => mistake, misidentify -- (identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin sister")

Sense 2
confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate -- (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")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 3
confuse, flurry, disconcert, put off -- (cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her")
       => embarrass, abash -- (cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious)

Sense 4
jumble, confuse, mix up -- (assemble without order or sense; "She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence")
       => assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together -- (create by putting components or members together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee")

Sense 5
confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate -- (make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

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