verb (used with object), con·fused, con·fus·ing.
- confused elderly,
- confused flour beetle,
Origin of confuse
Examples from the Web for confuse
Until then, men shall all wearily grow our facial hair, wear flannel, and confuse the hell out of each other out on the streets.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’|Tim Teeman|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One gets the sense that they are wearing a mask to confuse their readers, and even to evade them.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stephen Collins is just an actor, of course, and no one should confuse him with a character he played on TV.‘7th Heaven’ Dad Stephen Collins and the Christian Right’s Real Morality Tale|Amanda Marcotte|October 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This, in fact, is one of their big arguments and it works well to confuse base lines.
The increase in recognition of autism spectrum disorders in Western countries continues to confound and confuse.
Often the presence of a counteracting, or modifying cause may confuse us; IV.The Art of Logical Thinking|William Walker Atkinson
No foreign tongue can confuse him; his thoughts find a medium of expression intelligible to all.Manasseh|Maurus Jokai
This is why they confuse the categorical and the universal with the hypothetical.
For let us reiterate and reiterate: you cannot mingle and confuse the various modes of dynamic love.Fantasia of the Unconscious|D. H. Lawrence
You will never see them except in the zodiac constellations, so they need not confuse you.The Star People|Gaylord Johnson
Word Origin for confuse
1550s, in literal sense "mix or mingle things so as to render the elements indistinguishable;" attested from mid-18c. in active, figurative sense of "discomfit in mind or feeling;" not in general use until 19c., taking over senses formerly belonging to confound, dumbfound, flabbergast etc. The past participle confused (q.v.) is attested much earlier (serving as an alternative past tense to confound), and the verb here might be a back-formation from it. Related: Confusing.