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Conflate vs. Confuse: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 17, 2023
Correct spelling: Conflate - to combine two ideas into one. Confuse - to make unclear or difficult to understand.

Key Differences

"Conflate" has the word "late" in it, indicating two things coming together at a later point.
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"Confuse" sounds like "confusion," both pointing towards a lack of clarity.
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Think of "fl" in "Conflate" as "fusing" or merging things together.
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"Confuse" has an 's', reminding of the "state" of not being sure.
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"Conflate" means to blend, while "Confuse" disrupts clarity; blending vs. blurring.
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Conflate and Confuse Definitions

Conflate

Conflate is an incorrect spelling of Confuse.
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Confuse

To make something more complicated or harder to perceive.
Too many details can confuse the main issue.
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Confuse

To make someone uncertain or unable to understand something.
The directions really confuse me.
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Confuse

To mix or blend so that things cannot be distinguished.
Don't confuse the two chemicals.
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Confuse

To cause disorder or disarray.
The sudden noise confused the herd of deer.
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Confuse

To mistake one thing for another.
She often confuses me with my twin.
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Confuse

To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; bewilder or perplex.
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Confuse

(Archaic) To cause to feel embarrassment.
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Confuse

To fail to differentiate (one person or thing) from another
Confused effusiveness with affection.
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Confuse

To make more complex or difficult to understand
"The old labels ... confuse debate instead of clarifying it" (Christopher Lasch).
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Confuse

To make something unclear or incomprehensible
A new tax code that only confuses.
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Confuse

(transitive) to puzzle, perplex, baffle, bewilder somebody; to afflict by being complicated, contradictory, or otherwise difficult to understand
It confused me when I went to the office and nobody was there, but then I realised it was Sunday.
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Confuse

(transitive) To mix up, muddle up one thing with another; to mistake one thing for another.
People who say "hola" to Italians are confusing Italian with Spanish.
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Confuse

(transitive) To mix thoroughly; to confound; to disorder.
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Confuse

To make uneasy and ashamed; to embarrass.
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Confuse

To rout; discomfit.
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Confuse

(intransitive) To be confused.
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Confuse

Mixed; confounded.
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Confuse

To mix or blend so that things can not be distinguished; to jumble together; to confound; to render indistinct or obscure; as, to confuse accounts; to confuse one's vision.
A universal hubbub wildOf stunning sounds and voices all confused.
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Confuse

To perplex; to disconcert; to abash; to cause to lose self-possession.
Nor thou with shadowed hint confuseA life that leads melodious days.
Confused and sadly she at length replied.
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Confuse

Mistake one thing for another;
You are confusing me with the other candidate
I mistook her for the secretary
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Confuse

Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly;
These questions confuse even the experts
This question completely threw me
This question befuddled even the teacher
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Confuse

Cause to feel embarrassment;
The constant attention of the young man confused her
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Confuse

Assemble without order or sense;
She jumbles the words when she is supposed to write a sentence
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Confuse

Make unclear or incomprehensible;
The new tax return forms only confuse
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Confuse

Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred;
Her remarks confused the debate
Their words obnubilate their intentions
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FAQs

What is the verb form of Confuse?

"Confuse" itself is a verb.
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What is the pronunciation of Confuse?

Confuse is pronounced as kən-'fyooz.
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What is the root word of Confuse?

The Latin word "confundere" is the root of "confuse."
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Which vowel is used before Confuse?

It depends on context, but often "a" as in "a confused state."
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What is the singular form of Confuse?

"Confuse" is already in its singular form.
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Which preposition is used with Confuse?

"With" as in "confuse someone with someone else."
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Which conjunction is used with Confuse?

It varies based on context; e.g., "and," "but," "or."
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What is the plural form of Confuse?

Being a verb, "confuse" doesn't have a plural form. But nouns derived from it, like "confusion," would have plurals.
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Is Confuse an adverb?

No, "Confuse" is not an adverb.
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Why is it called Confuse?

Derived from Latin "confundere" meaning "to pour together", indicating a mix or blend of things into one.
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Which article is used with Confuse?

"A" or "the" can be used depending on the context, especially when referring to derived nouns.
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Is the word Confuse imperative?

It can be used in the imperative form, e.g., "Don't confuse the two!"
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Is Confuse a negative or positive word?

Typically, it's seen as negative since it implies a lack of clarity or understanding.
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Which determiner is used with Confuse?

It varies based on context; e.g., "this," "that," "my."
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Is Confuse a noun or adjective?

"Confuse" is primarily a verb, but "confused" can be an adjective.
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Is Confuse an abstract noun?

"Confusion," derived from "confuse," is an abstract noun.
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Is Confuse a vowel or consonant?

The word "confuse" starts with a consonant.
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Is the Confuse term a metaphor?

It can be used metaphorically in some contexts.
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What is another term for Confuse?

Bewilder.
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What is the opposite of Confuse?

Clarify.
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How many syllables are in Confuse?

Two syllables.
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What part of speech is Confuse?

"Confuse" is a verb.
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Is Confuse a collective noun?

No, "Confuse" is not a collective noun.
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How do we divide Confuse into syllables?

Con-fuse.
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What is a stressed syllable in Confuse?

The second syllable "fuse" is stressed.
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What is the first form of Confuse?

Confuse.
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What is the second form of Confuse?

Confused.
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How is Confuse used in a sentence?

Too much information can often confuse the reader.
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Is Confuse a countable noun?

"Confuse" is a verb, not a noun.
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What is the third form of Confuse?

Confused.
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