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To make someone unable to concentrate or think clearly - thesaurus

Synonyms

discombobulate

verb

humorous to make someone very confused

confuse

verb

to make someone feel that they do not understand something

distract

verb

to get someone’s attention and prevent them from concentrating on something

confound

verb

to make someone feel surprised or confused, especially by not behaving in the way they expect

preoccupy

verb

if something preoccupies you, you think about it a lot, or it uses a lot of your time

bewilder

verb

to make someone feel confused

divert

verb

to do something to take people’s attention away from something that you do not want them to concentrate on or notice

disorientate

verb

to make someone confused about where they are or what direction they are moving in

bamboozle

verb

informal to trick someone or make them confused

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boggle

verb

if the mind boggles, or if something boggles the mind, you cannot imagine it because it is too strange, unpleasant, or confusing

cloud

verb

to affect your thinking in a way that makes you likely to make a bad decision or forget something

cloud

verb

to make something more complicated or confusing

disorient

verb

American to disorientate someone

disorientate

verb

to make someone unable to think clearly or make sensible decisions

distract (someone’s) attention from something

to do something in order to stop someone from paying attention to something

faze

verb

informal to make someone feel confused, shocked, or upset

fluster

verb

to make someone feel confused, embarrassed, or nervous

fog

verb

to make someone confused

fox

verb

to make you confused and be impossible for you to understand or solve

fuck up

offensive an extremely offensive expression that means to make someone very confused, unhappy, or mentally ill

lose

verb

to make someone confused when you are trying to explain something to them

mess with someone’s head

very informal to seriously upset someone or make them confused

perplex

verb

to make someone feel perplexed

put someone off their stride/stroke

to prevent someone from concentrating on something so that they have difficulty doing it

put someone off their stride/stroke

to stop someone from thinking clearly

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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