Definition of bewilder in US English:

bewilder

verb

[with object]
  • Cause (someone) to become perplexed and confused.

    ‘she was bewildered by his sudden change of mood’
    ‘his reaction had bewildered her’
    • ‘Many doctors are bewildered by the potential choice of drug or drug combinations.’
    • ‘The fact that nearly 70 years later it can still astonish, satisfy, and bewilder its audience means that there is more here than just some archetypal ancient filmmaking techniques.’
    • ‘A lot of people are bewildered by the society we are living in.’
    • ‘The chief executive said he was bewildered by the government decision.’
    • ‘They have to be sure that while their new ads serve as novel re-introductions to their brand of products, they are also not so strange and new as to bewilder people.’
    • ‘Some processors worry the seemingly contradictory medical findings will only serve to bewilder consumers, leaving them unsure which way to turn.’
    • ‘Decisions are made that bewilder the players and fans alike.’
    • ‘Such behaviour on the part of young people bewilders parents and pastors today.’
    • ‘I was completely bewildered by his question.’
    • ‘Some people seem bewildered by our strong concern for the plight of African lions.’
    • ‘For someone who, in the past, has been rated as the best goalkeeper in the world, it bewilders me why he so often opts to do the silly as opposed to the sensible.’
    • ‘You sense the reaction to the pool closure has surprised and perhaps bewildered the council.’
    • ‘With success came prize money, and he was bewildered by the commercialism of the western world.’
    • ‘Most of his friends were bewildered by his change of direction, and he was alienated from all but the most loyal.’
    • ‘She knows that he only agreed to breakfast because he knew his mother wouldn't be here but the one thing that bewilders her is why he is so desperate not to accept his role in the family.’
    • ‘But what bewilders me is that instead of providing a real solution, the local authority simply forces the schools to close.’
    • ‘At first this new arrangement bewilders me, then I'm angry that nobody told me we were moving.’
    • ‘If these questions bewilder you, you are not alone.’
    • ‘The utter imprudence of our mayor and City Council bewilders me.’
    • ‘Questions like these will bewilder historians - and novelists - for decades to come.’
    • ‘It bewilders me why so many fans go so far to slavishly ape their icons' lifestyle, dress, and style.’
    baffle, mystify, bemuse, perplex, puzzle, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking
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Origin

Late 17th century: from be- ‘thoroughly’ + obsolete wilder ‘lead or go astray’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bewilder

/bəˈwɪldər//bəˈwildər/