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confide

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verb con·fide \kən-ˈfīd\

Simple Definition of confide

  • : to tell (something that is secret or private) to someone you trust

Full Definition of confide

con·fid·edcon·fid·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have confidence :  trust

  3. 2 :  to show confidence by imparting secrets <confide in a friend>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to tell confidentially

  6. 2 :  to give to the care or protection of another :  entrust

con·fid·er noun

Examples of confide

  1. He confided that he was very unhappy with his job.

  2. <the local SPCA was looking for homes for a number of exotic animals confided to its care>



Origin of confide

Middle English (Scots), from Latin confidere, from com- + fidere to trust — more at bide


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of confide

commit, entrust, confide, consign, relegate mean to assign to a person or place for a definite purpose. commit may express the general idea of delivering into another's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or to a special place of custody <committed the felon to prison>. entrust implies committing with trust and confidence <the president is entrusted with broad powers>. confide implies entrusting with great assurance or reliance <confided complete control of my affairs to my attorney>. consign suggests removing from one's control with formality or finality <consigned the damaging notes to the fire>. relegate implies a consigning to a particular class or sphere often with a suggestion of getting rid of <relegated to an obscure position in the company>.



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