Definition of confess
- he confessed his guilt
- Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour …
- —Sir Walter Scott
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.
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come clean (about);
: 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
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