WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 con•found /kənˈfaʊnd/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to amaze;
perplex:The army's lightning attack confounded the enemy.
- [~ + object + with + object] to mix up by mistake;
This analysis confounded truth with errors and lies.
- Confound it! (used as a mild oath to express one's irritation): Confound it! Pick up those books now!
(kon found′, kən-; for 6 usually kon′found′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to perplex or amaze, esp. by a sudden disturbance or surprise;
confuse:The complicated directions confounded him.
- to throw into confusion or disorder:The revolution confounded the people.
- to throw into increased confusion or disorder.
- to treat or regard erroneously as identical;
mix or associate by mistake:truth confounded with error.
- to mingle so that the elements cannot be distinguished or separated.
- to damn (used in mild imprecations):Confound it!
- to contradict or refute:to confound their arguments.
- to put to shame;
- to defeat or overthrow.
- to bring to ruin or naught.
- [Obs.]to spend uselessly;
- Latin confundere to mix, equivalent. to con- con- + fundere to pour
- Anglo-French confoundre
- Middle English conf(o)unden 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dumbfound, daze, nonplus, astound.
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confound /kənˈfaʊnd/ vb (transitive)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French confondre, from Latin confundere to mingle, pour together, from fundere to pourconˈfounder n
- to astound or perplex; bewilder
- to mix up; confuse
- to treat mistakenly as similar to or identical with (one or more other things)
- /kɒnˈfaʊnd/ to curse or damn (usually as an expletive in the phrase confound it!)
- to contradict or refute (an argument, etc)
- to rout or defeat (an enemy)
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