Meaning of “confused” in the English Dictionary

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"confused" in British English

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uk /kənˈfjuːzd/ us /kənˈfjuːzd/

B1 unable to think clearly or to understand something:

Grandpa gets pretty confused sometimes, and doesn't even know what day it is.
I'm a bit confused. Was that her husband or her son she was with?

B2 not clear and therefore difficult to understand:

Your essay gets a bit confused halfway through when you introduce too many ideas at once.

More examples

  • He kept contradicting himself when we were arguing - I think he was a little confused.
  • She was found wandering in a confused state (of mind).
  • I'm a bit confused about the arrangements for tonight - what time are we meeting?
  • She was momentarily confused by the foreign road signs.
  • The drugs she's taking make her drowsy and confused, but there are times when she's quite lucid.

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