If you are confused about something, you can't think clearly. If your new friend keeps impossibly showing up in different outfits, you'll be confused until you discover she has an identical twin.

Confuse is a modern verb, the old form being confound which means "to bring to ruin or disorder." When you are confused, what's ruined is your sense of the order of things. If you return to a city where you used to live, and a dog grooming store has replaced your apartment and a dump has replaced the park, you'll feel emotionally confused. If you think that Tom is Harry and Harry is Tom, you've confused them in your mind.

Definitions of confused
  1. adjective
    mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently
    “the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused
    addlebrained, addlepated, muddleheaded, puddingheaded
    stupid and confused
    addled, befuddled, muddled, muzzy, woolly, woolly-headed, wooly, wooly-minded
    confused and vague; used especially of thinking
    befogged, befuddled
    stupefied by alcoholic drink
    mentally disordered
    dazed, stunned, stupefied, stupid
    in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock
    stupefied or dizzied by something overpowering
    as if in a trance
    punch-drunk, silly, slaphappy
    dazed from or as if from repeated blows
    confused or disoriented as if intoxicated through taking a drug
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
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    clear-thinking, clearheaded
    not mentally confused; able to think clearly and act intelligently
    free from confusion or doubt
    not mentally disordered
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  2. adjective
    perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment
    synonyms: at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, lost, mazed, mixed-up
    full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment
  3. adjective
    having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity
    synonyms: disoriented, lost
    not having position or goal definitely set or ascertained
  4. adjective
    lacking orderly continuity
    “a confused set of instructions”
    “a confused dream about the end of the world”
    synonyms: disconnected, disjointed, disordered, garbled, illogical, scattered, unconnected
    without logical or meaningful connection
  5. adjective
    thrown into a state of disarray or confusion
    “a confused mass of papers on the desk”
    synonyms: broken, disordered, upset
    disorganised, disorganized
    lacking order or methodical arrangement or function
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