Confuse and Explain


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Confuse verb – To throw into a state of mental uncertainty.
Explain is an antonym for confuse in topics: distinguish, mix up, bewilder someone.
Nearby Words: confusion, confusing, conflation
Antonyms for Confuse


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Explain verb – To make plain or understandable.
Usage example: a pamphlet that explains the medical procedure in language that any layperson can understand

Confuse is an antonym for explain in make clear topic.
Nearby Words: explanation, explained, explaining, explicable, explainable
Antonyms for Explain
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Common collocations

name confuse name explain name
system confuse system explain system
time confuse time explain time
characters confuse characters explain characters
Other nouns: bit, terms, events.

Both words in one sentence

  • That One Puzzle The book doesn't explain WHY a monkey can be used as a wrench, though, which, of course will confuse players.
  • Light Novel / Infinite Stratos Unwanted Assistance: When Houki, Rin, and Cecilia all try to explain to Ichika how to use the IS with their Technobabble, it only serves to confuse him.
  • It's easy to explain it off-screen, but doing so would confuse the viewer and make them think they missed something.
    Source: The Reveal
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Explain or Confuse. 2016. Accessed June 18, 2021.

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