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

v mistake one thing for another

“you are confusing me with the other candidate”
Synonyms:
confound
blur, obnubilate, obscure
make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
jumble, mix up
assemble without order or sense
Type of:
misidentify, mistake
identify incorrectly

v make unclear, indistinct, or blurred

“Her remarks confused the debate”
Synonyms:
blur, obnubilate, obscure
confound
mistake one thing for another
Types:
muddy
cause to become muddy
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v assemble without order or sense

Synonyms:
jumble, mix up
confound
mistake one thing for another
Types:
addle, muddle, puddle
mix up or confuse
Type of:
assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
create by putting components or members together

v 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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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)

v 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
Type of:
abash, embarrass
cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

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