confound

  • 1 Confound — Con*found (k[o^]n*found ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confounding}.] [F. confondre, fr. L. confundere, fusum, to pour together; con + fundere to pour. See {Fuse} to melt, and cf. {Confuse}.] 1. To mingle and blend, so that …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 confound it — ● confound * * * conˈfound it/you! idiom (old fashioned) used to show that you are angry about sth/with sb Main entry: ↑confoundidiom …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 3 confound — I verb abash, astonish, astound, baffle, be uncertain, becloud, bewilder, bring into disorder, complicate, confundere, confuse, dumbfound, embrangle, embroil, entangle, involve, make havoc, mingle confusedly, mislead, muddle, mystify, nonplus,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 confound — c.1300, make uneasy, abash, from Anglo Fr. confoundre, from O.Fr. confondre (12c.) crush, ruin, disgrace, throw into disorder, from L. confundere to confuse, lit. to pour together, mix, mingle, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + fundere to… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 confound — 1 dumbfound, nonplus, bewilder, mystify, *puzzle, perplex, distract Analogous words: flabbergast, amaze, astound, astonish, *surprise: discomfit, faze, rattle, abash, *embarrass, disconcert 2 confuse, *mistake Analogous words: muddle, addle,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 confound — [v] confuse abash, amaze, astonish, astound, baffle, befog, bewilder, blend, bug*, commingle, confute, discombobulate*, discomfit, discountenance, dumbfound, embarrass, faze, fiddle, flabbergast, jumble, metagrobolize, misidentify, mix, mix up*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 confound — ► VERB 1) surprise or bewilder. 2) prove wrong. 3) defeat (a plan, aim, or hope). ORIGIN Latin confundere pour together, mix up …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 confound — [kən found′; ] for 3, usually [ kän′found] vt. [ME confouṅden < OFr confondre < L confundere, to pour together, confuse < com , together + fundere, to pour: see FOUND3] 1. to mix up or lump together indiscriminately; confuse 2. to make… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 confound — verb /kənˈfaʊnd/ a) To confuse; to mix up; to puzzle. And the brother of Jared being a large and mighty man, and a man highly favored of the Lord, Jared, his brother, said unto him: Cry unto the Lord, that he will not confound us that we may not… …

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  • 10 confound — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French confundre, from Latin confundere to pour together, confuse, from com + fundere to pour more at found Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic to bring to ruin ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 confound — confoundable, adj. confounder, n. confoundingly, adv. /kon fownd , keuhn /; for 6 usually /kon fownd /, v.t. 1. to perplex or amaze, esp. by a sudden disturbance or surprise; bewilder; confuse: The complicated directions confounded him. 2. to… …

    Universalium

  • 12 confound — con|found [kənˈfaund] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: confondre to ruin, destroy , from Latin confundere to pour together, confuse , from com ( COM ) + fundere to pour ] 1.) to confuse and surprise people by being unexpected ▪ His… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 confound — UK [kənˈfaʊnd] / US verb [transitive] Word forms confound : present tense I/you/we/they confound he/she/it confounds present participle confounding past tense confounded past participle confounded 1) to make someone feel surprised or confused,… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 confound — verb Confound is used with these nouns as the object: ↑expectation, ↑prediction, ↑sceptic …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 confound — Synonyms and related words: abash, accurse, addle, adulterate, alloy, amaze, anathematize, answer, answer conclusively, appall, argue down, astonish, astound, awe, awestrike, baffle, balk, ball up, bamboozle, beat, bedaze, bedazzle, befog,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 confound — con|found [ kən faund ] verb transitive 1. ) to make someone feel surprised or confused, especially by not behaving in the way they expect: She confounded her critics by winning the race. 2. ) if you are confounded by something, you cannot… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 confound — [[t]kənfa͟ʊnd[/t]] confounds, confounding, confounded VERB If someone or something confounds you, they make you feel surprised or confused, often by showing you that your opinions or expectations of them were wrong. [V n] He momentarily… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 confound — verb 1》 surprise or confuse.     ↘prove wrong.     ↘defeat (a plan, aim, or hope). 2》 (often be confounded with) mix up with something else. exclamation informal, dated used to express annoyance: oh confound it, where is the thing? Origin ME:… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 confound — verb (T) 1 to confuse and surprise people by being unexpected: His amazing recovery confounded the medical specialists. 2 formal to defeat an enemy, plan etc 3 formal if a problem etc confounds you, you cannot understand it or solve it: Her… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 confound — con•found [[t]kɒnˈfaʊnd, kən [/t]] for 6usu. [[t]ˈkɒnˈfaʊnd[/t]] v. t. 1) to perplex or amaze; bewilder; confuse 2) to throw into confusion or disorder 3) to throw into increased confusion or disorder 4) to treat or regard erroneously as… …

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