con·​fide | \ kən-ˈfīd How to pronounce confide (audio) \
confided; confiding

Definition of confide

intransitive verb

1 : to have confidence : trust We cannot confide wholly in our own powers.
2 : to show confidence by imparting secrets confide in a friend

transitive verb

1 : to tell confidentially He dared not confide the secret to his family.
2 : to give to the care or protection of another : entrust … do not confide your children to strangers.— Mavis Gallant

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Other Words from confide

confider noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of confide in a Sentence

He confided that he was very unhappy with his job. the local SPCA was looking for homes for a number of exotic animals confided to its care
Recent Examples on the Web While none of these men or women are inclined to confide in your correspondent, four possible motivations nonetheless present themselves. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 According to the lawsuit, Cembrano began sharing facts about his personal life with Winn and encouraging her to confide in him and to spend time in his classroom doing homework. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2021 College students who experienced a high level of adversity in childhood have lower levels of social support, such as having someone to confide in, ask for advice or go to for emotional support. Toni Watt, The Conversation, 21 July 2021 Robinson, who was one of the first publicly HIV-positive people in Louisville, remembers having young gay men come up to him at the bar, pull him aside and confide their own status to him. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 25 June 2021 Justus met the teenager at a high school pep rally, and had previously met with the 17-year-old multiple times because the teen wanted to confide about a personal situation, according to the affidavit. Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2021 In the 80s and early 90s, Lisa didn’t have a word for Lisa’s gender identity let alone a true peer to confide in. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 24 June 2021 Suspecting Hart was hiding a deeper secret, Gilbert encouraged her to confide in him. Leo Deluca, Scientific American, 10 June 2021 Other matches quickly confide the woes of their personal lives. Alaina Wong, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of confide

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for confide

early Scots, borrowed from Latin confīdere "to put trust in, have confidence in," from con- con- + fīdere "to trust (in), rely (on)" going back to Indo-European *bhei̯dh- "trust, entrust" — more at faith entry 1

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“Confide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of confide

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


con·​fide | \ kən-ˈfīd How to pronounce confide (audio) \
confided; confiding

Kids Definition of confide

1 : to have or show faith confide in a doctor's skill
2 : to display trust by telling secrets She needed to confide in a friend.
3 : to tell without anyone else knowing I confided the secret to a pal.
4 : entrust sense 2 The property was confided to their care.

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