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befog

[bih-fog, -fawg]
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verb (used with object), be·fogged, be·fog·ging.
  1. to envelop in fog or obscurity; becloud: Low-hanging clouds befogged the city.
  2. to render unclear; confuse by irrelevancies or distractions: Petty differences befogged the legislators' task.
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Origin of befog

First recorded in 1595–1605; be- + fog1

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Related Words for befog

confound, stump, perplex, puzzle, baffle, deceive, blind, dim, darken, confuse, disguise, mask, muddy, overshadow, cover, camouflage, shroud, belie, blur, eclipse

Examples from the Web for befog

Historical Examples of befog

  • All these mysteries that befog us are not mysteries really; they are the mother-tongue of nature.

    Soliloquies in England

    George Santayana

  • Something seemed to bear down on his brain and befog his sight.

  • The object of writing a book is not to befog the reader's mind.

    The Lure of the Pen

    Flora Klickmann

  • They who undertake to reason the thing out learnedly, befog it.

    King of Camargue

    Jean Aicard

  • And we should not befog the issue by saying that this is degrading.


British Dictionary definitions for befog

befog

verb -fogs, -fogging or -fogged (tr)
  1. to surround with fog
  2. to make confused, vague, or less clear
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