Definition of confide
2 : to show confidence by imparting secrets confide in a friend
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
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 of confide from the Web
Ellis, the nurse, confided in Saddam when his brother died.
The president’s action also raised fears other countries would think twice before confiding in the U.S.
In parting, Rehák confided that the Slovenia/Slovakia problem is an issue for his people as well.
A friend of mine confided: he can now no longer be bothered pirating.
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Origin and Etymology of confide
Middle English (Scots), from Latin confidere, from com- + fidere to trust — more at bide
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of confide
CONFIDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confide for English Language Learners
: to tell (something that is secret or private) to someone you trust
CONFIDE Defined for Kids
Definition of confide for Students
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 2 The property was confided to their care.
Word Root of confide
The Latin word fidēs, meaning “faith,” gives us the root fid. Words from the Latin fidēs have something to with being faithful. Fidelity is faith or loyalty. To confide in someone is to show trust in the person by telling her or him a secret. Someone who is confident has faith that he or she will do something correctly and successfully.
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