Meaning of “confusion” in the English Dictionary

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"confusion" in British English

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uk /kənˈfjuː.ʒən/ us /kənˈfjuː.ʒən/

B2 [ C or U ] a situation in which people do not understand what is happening, what they should do or who someone or something is:

There seems to be some confusion over who is actually giving the talk.
To avoid confusion, the twins never wore the same clothes.

B2 [ U ] a situation, often with a lot of activity and noise, in which people do not know what to do:

In the confusion after the bomb blast, I lost my bag and wasn't able to stop and look for it.

More examples

  • A spokeswoman blamed the confusion on miscommunication between the company and its customers.
  • The picture emerging in reports from the battlefield is one of complete confusion.
  • Label your suitcases to prevent confusion.
  • The confusion was caused when two numbers were accidentally transposed by a Social Security clerk.
  • From every direction, people were running and shouting and falling over each other in a tumult of confusion.

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

"confusion" in American English

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confusionnoun [ C/U ]

us /kənˈfju·ʒən/

a lack of understanding, or a state of disorder:

[ C ] She writes about the confusions of her life.
[ U ] In the confusion, I lost my wallet.

(Definition of “confusion” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)