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
The victim told the sheriff's office that Greenlee confessed to having the victim's duty belt and radio, according to WBTV.
If more than one person is left in the timeline, and no one is confessing, moving the case forward can be impossible.
Tizon’s essay can be read not simply as an attempt to confess a crime and expatiate his family’s guilt.
Amor later confessed, but said the confession was made under duress from relentless questioning and manipulative tactics by police.
Suspect in Portland, Oregon, stabbings confessed in back of patrol car.
According to WLTX, the reward was in connection with the long-unsolved homicides of four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003, which Brown helped crack as Kohlhepp confessed to the killings following his arrest and Brown’s release.
Johnson later confessed, according to the police report.
When he was approached by the FBI in November 2013, Porter quickly confessed.
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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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