Definition of “confuse” - English Dictionary

“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 problem unnecessarily difficult)!

B2 to mix up two separate things or people in your mind, 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.

More examples

  • I think you're confusing him with someone else.
  • If you give them too much detail, you'll just confuse them.
  • We were confused by the fact that the signs pointed in opposite directions.
  • Stop confusing me with all those figures!
  • The instructions are designed to confuse people.

(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 feel uncertain or unclear, or to make something difficult to understand:

You’re confusing me – please repeat 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)