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confuse

verb [T]
 
 
/kənˈfjuːz/
NOT UNDERSTAND B2 to make someone unable to think clearly or understand something: These advertisements simply confused the public.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
THINK SIMILAR B2 to think that one person or thing is another person or thing: I don't see how anyone could confuse me with my mother! Students sometimes confuse these two verbs.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
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