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becloud

[bih-kloud] /bɪˈklaʊd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to darken or obscure with clouds.
2.
to make confused:
Angry words beclouded the issue.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; be- + cloud
Related forms
unbeclouded, adjective
Synonyms
2. confuse, obscure, befog, obfuscate, muddle.
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  • Exceptions, special cases, and unique problems inevitably arise to becloud the guideposts.
  • They suggest gradation between the genera, and becloud identification of species.
  • The introduction of such a resolution would only becloud the matter.
British Dictionary definitions for becloud

becloud

/bɪˈklaʊd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover or obscure with a cloud
2.
to confuse or muddle: to becloud the issues
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Word Origin and History for becloud
v.

1590s, from be- + cloud. Figurative sense of "to obscure" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Beclouded; beclouding.

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