December 14, 2011
- bewilder (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to confuse especially with a great many things to worry about
- How do you use it?
- The magician's tricks rarely fooled adults, but they were clever enough to bewilder the audiences at children's parties.
- Are you a word wiz?
We hope you won't find today's quiz bewildering. Just tell us which of these words you think means about the same thing as "bewilder.""Puzzle" implies the existence of a problem that is difficult to solve (as in "the mysterious fever puzzled the doctor"), while "bewilder" stresses a confusion of mind that interferes with clear and decisive thinking ("the number of possibilities bewildered them"). Another synonym, "perplex," adds a suggestion of worry and uncertainty, especially about making a decision ("her behavior perplexed her friends"), and "distract" implies a disturbance or an uncertainty caused by conflicting interests or concerns ("distracted by personal problems").