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

adj 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
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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adj perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, lost, mazed, mixed-up
full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment

adj having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity

disoriented, lost
not having position or goal definitely set or ascertained

adj lacking orderly continuity

“a confused set of instructions”
“a confused dream about the end of the world”
disconnected, disjointed, disordered, garbled, illogical, scattered, unconnected
without logical or meaningful connection

adj thrown into a state of disarray or confusion

“a confused mass of papers on the desk”
broken, disordered, upset
disorganised, disorganized
lacking order or methodical arrangement or function

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