Definition of confess
1 : to tell or make known (something, such as something wrong or damaging to oneself) : admit he confessed his guilt
2a : to acknowledge (sin) to God or to a priestb : to receive the confession of (a penitent)
3 : to declare faith in or adherence to : profess
4 : to give evidence of Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour … — Sir Walter Scott
1a : to disclose one's faults; specifically : to unburden one's sins or the state of one's conscience to God or to a priestb : to hear a confession
confessableplay \kən-ˈfe-sə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of confess in a Sentence
He confessed after being questioned for many hours.
He willingly confessed his crime.
I have to confess that I was afraid at first.
I confessed my sins to the priest.
Recent Examples of confess from the Web
In 2002, Jonathen Stewart, 19, was killed along Route 5 near Fairview Avenue while walking home from a friend's house around 2:30 a.m. The death was unsolved until late 2015, when the man who struck Stewart confessed to the hit-and-run.
The brothers later confessed to the crime in an interview with Look magazine.
But this week, Tremblay confessed that there is one movie star who has evaded his charms: Harrison Ford.
Picard, a lawyer with Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York, never believed the brothers’ claim that hadn’t known about the fraud until Madoff confessed to it.
Weaver confessed to his mother, and later, to police when his mother brought him to the police station.
Cosby’s whole modus operandi, much of it self-confessed, was the violation of women at multiple power disadvantages, in terms of age, money, and professional stature.
When Garry went to trial in 1997, prosecutors cast doubt on his alibi and used testimony from the two witnesses, as well as a jailhouse informant who claimed Garry confessed.
The University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati who publicly confessed to trying to steal a propaganda banner left North Korea on Tuesday morning, a foreign ministry official confirmed.
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Origin and Etymology of confess
Synonym Discussion of confess
CONFESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confess for English Language Learners
: to admit that you did something wrong or illegal
: to talk about or admit something that makes you embarrassed, ashamed, etc.
: to tell (your sins) to God or to a priest
CONFESS Defined for Kids
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