con·​fide | \kən-ˈfīd \
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

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When asked, Ellis confides the bathroom is her favorite space in the apartment. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "“Every morning, I wake up and notice something new about it”," 3 Dec. 2018 Anyway, Alice, later (kind of) confides in Fred and the two make out a little. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 Hillary Clinton confided in her recent memoir that Ms. Penny’s books brought her solace after her bruising election defeat. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "An Affable Canadian Author With a Penchant for Murder," 25 May 2018 During a polo match at Ravenel’s property, Jacobs confides in (basically all) of his friends about their strained relationship. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Southern Charm's Thomas Ravenel Considers Breaking Up with Ashley: I Feel Like a 'Sugar Daddy'," 28 June 2018 The singer's commitment to honoring the dignity of characters who confide their struggles in lyrics was evident throughout the concert. Charles Mcnulty,, "Audra McDonald soars in her stirring tour through the American musical," 21 May 2018 Six people in whom Stoynoff confided in 2005, including several of her People colleagues and her former journalism professor, corroborated Stoynoff’s story. Sam Gillette,, "Donald Trump Claims He 'Never Met' Accusers Like PEOPLE's Natasha Stoynoff, But We Have the Photo," 20 Feb. 2018 Two sources have told the newspapers that the woman also has confided in at least four Republican lawmakers over the last six months about the incident, but asked them to keep her story confidential., "Rep. Nick Miccarelli accused of abusive behavior and sexual misconduct," 28 Feb. 2018 Hines reportedly told a friend that same day about the alleged rape and also confided in her sister the same year. Melody Chiu,, "17 Women Accuse Music Producer Russell Simmons of Sexual Misconduct — Everything They've Said," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of confide

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


con·​fide | \kən-ˈfīd \
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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