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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: confused

confuse

verb
     
con‧fuse [transitive]
1 to make someone feel that they cannot think clearly or do not understand:
I understand the text but the diagrams are confusing me.
2 to think wrongly that a person or thing is someone or something else:
People might well confuse the two products.
confuse somebody/something with somebody/something
I always confuse you with your sister - you look so alike.
Donald Regan, not to be confused with former President Ronald Reagan
3

confuse the issue/matter/argument etc

to make it even more difficult to think clearly about a situation or problem or to deal with it:
He kept asking unnecessary questions which only confused the issue.

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