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"confuse" in British English

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confuseverb [T]

uk   /kənˈfjuːz/  us   /kənˈfjuːz/
B2 to ​mix up someone's ​mind or ​ideas, or to make something ​difficult to ​understand: You're confusing him! Tell him ​slowly and one thing at a ​time. Stop confusing the ​issue (= making the ​problemunnecessarilydifficult)!
B2 to ​mix up two ​separate things or ​people in ​yourmind, ​imagining that they are one: You're confusing me with my ​sister - she's the ​singer. It's ​easy to confuse his ​films, because he ​tends to use the same ​actors.

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(Definition of confuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"confuse" in American English

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confuseverb [T]

 us   /kənˈfjuz/
to ​cause someone to ​feeluncertain or ​unclear, or to make something ​difficult to ​understand: You’re confusing me – ​pleaserepeat the ​directions more ​slowly.
Someone who confuses one thing with another ​thinks the first thing is the second: You’re confusing me with my ​sister – she’s the one who moved to Colorado.
confusable
adjective, noun [C]  /kənˈfju·zə·bəl/
confused
adjective  us   /kənˈfjuzd/
Her confused ​reaction is ​understandable.
confusing
adjective  us   /kənˈfju·zɪŋ/
The ​directions were confusing, and I got ​lost.
(Definition of confuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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