confuse

If you confuse two things, you are not correctly identifying them. If you confuse heartburn with a heart attack, you might end up at the emergency room instead of in the antacid aisle of the drugstore.

To confuse can also mean to bewilder. If you tell a teacher that she's confusing you, you probably mean that she's being more complex than you can handle. A lot of people get confused by the differences among "their," "they're," and "there." To confuse the situation even further, there's "theirs" and "there's."

Definitions of confuse
  1. verb
    mistake one thing for another
    “you are confusing me with the other candidate”
    synonyms: conflate, confound
    blur, obnubilate, obscure
    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
    jumble, mix up
    assemble without order or sense
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    misidentify, mistake
    identify incorrectly
  2. verb
    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
    “Her remarks confused the debate”
    synonyms: blur, obnubilate, obscure
    conflate, confound
    mistake one thing for another
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    muddy
    cause to become muddy
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    assemble without order or sense
    synonyms: jumble, mix up
    conflate, confound
    mistake one thing for another
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    addle, muddle, puddle
    mix up or confuse
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    assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
    create by putting components or members together
  4. verb
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    “These questions confuse even the experts”
    synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, confound, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    disconcert, flurry, put off
    cause to feel embarrassment
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    demoralise, demoralize
    confuse or put into disorder
    amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    disorient, disorientate
    cause to be lost or disoriented
    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    riddle
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    cause to feel embarrassment
    “The constant attention of the young man confused her”
    synonyms: disconcert, flurry, put off
    bedevil, befuddle, confound, discombobulate, fox, fuddle, throw
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
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    fluster
    cause to be nervous or upset
    bother
    make confused or perplexed or puzzled
    deflect, distract
    draw someone's attention away from something
    ruffle
    discompose
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    abash, embarrass
    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
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