discombobulate


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dis·com·bob·u·late

 (dĭs′kəm-bŏb′yə-lāt′)
tr.v. dis·com·bob·u·lat·ed, dis·com·bob·u·lat·ing, dis·com·bob·u·lates
To throw into a state of confusion. See Synonyms at befuddle.

[Perhaps alteration of discompose.]

dis′com·bob′u·la′tion n.

discombobulate

(ˌdɪskəmˈbɒbjʊˌleɪt)
vb
(tr) informal chiefly US and Canadian to throw into confusion
[C20: probably a whimsical alteration of discompose or discomfit]

dis•com•bob•u•late

(ˌdɪs kəmˈbɒb yəˌleɪt)

v.t. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate.
[1825–35, Amer.; fanciful alter. of discompose or discomfort]
dis`com•bob`u•la′tion, n.

discombobulate


Past participle: discombobulated
Gerund: discombobulating

Imperative
discombobulate
discombobulate
Present
I discombobulate
you discombobulate
he/she/it discombobulates
we discombobulate
you discombobulate
they discombobulate
Preterite
I discombobulated
you discombobulated
he/she/it discombobulated
we discombobulated
you discombobulated
they discombobulated
Present Continuous
I am discombobulating
you are discombobulating
he/she/it is discombobulating
we are discombobulating
you are discombobulating
they are discombobulating
Present Perfect
I have discombobulated
you have discombobulated
he/she/it has discombobulated
we have discombobulated
you have discombobulated
they have discombobulated
Past Continuous
I was discombobulating
you were discombobulating
he/she/it was discombobulating
we were discombobulating
you were discombobulating
they were discombobulating
Past Perfect
I had discombobulated
you had discombobulated
he/she/it had discombobulated
we had discombobulated
you had discombobulated
they had discombobulated
Future
I will discombobulate
you will discombobulate
he/she/it will discombobulate
we will discombobulate
you will discombobulate
they will discombobulate
Future Perfect
I will have discombobulated
you will have discombobulated
he/she/it will have discombobulated
we will have discombobulated
you will have discombobulated
they will have discombobulated
Future Continuous
I will be discombobulating
you will be discombobulating
he/she/it will be discombobulating
we will be discombobulating
you will be discombobulating
they will be discombobulating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been discombobulating
you have been discombobulating
he/she/it has been discombobulating
we have been discombobulating
you have been discombobulating
they have been discombobulating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been discombobulating
you will have been discombobulating
he/she/it will have been discombobulating
we will have been discombobulating
you will have been discombobulating
they will have been discombobulating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been discombobulating
you had been discombobulating
he/she/it had been discombobulating
we had been discombobulating
you had been discombobulating
they had been discombobulating
Conditional
I would discombobulate
you would discombobulate
he/she/it would discombobulate
we would discombobulate
you would discombobulate
they would discombobulate
Past Conditional
I would have discombobulated
you would have discombobulated
he/she/it would have discombobulated
we would have discombobulated
you would have discombobulated
they would have discombobulated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.discombobulate - cause to be confused emotionallydiscombobulate - cause to be confused emotionally  
discomfit, discompose, untune, upset, disconcert - cause to lose one's composure
2.discombobulate - be confusing or perplexing todiscombobulate - be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"
demoralize - confuse or put into disorder; "the boss's behavior demoralized everyone in the office"
bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, nonplus, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get - be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"
disconcert, flurry, confuse, put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"
disorient, disorientate - cause to be lost or disoriented
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"

discombobulate

verb
To cause to be unclear in mind or intent:
Informal: throw.
Idiom: make one's head reel.
Translations

discombobulate

[ˌdɪskəmˈbɒbjʊˌleɪt] VT (esp US) [+ person, plans] → dislocar

discombobulate

vt (= esp US hum) → irritieren, verunsichern, aus dem Konzept bringen
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