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

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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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Moe and Tabitha both have their mothers to confide in, but Elodie lacks that familial support. Ariana Brockington,, "Elodie's Dad's Reaction To Her Shoplifting On Trinkets Is A Problem," 15 June 2019 Until now, Deanna had confided her secret to only a handful of people, Chris among them. Nancy Kruh,, "Chris Daughtry and Wife Deanna Reveal She's Bisexual: Why She's Coming Out Now — Through Their Song," 12 June 2019 Jane later confides in Madeline, who has taken her under her very high-strung wing, that Ziggy was the result of a rape by a mysterious man who called himself Saxon Banks. Lauren Huff,, "Everything to remember about Big Little Lies before the season 2 premiere," 8 June 2019 This goes against the end goal of remaining a safe person for your friend to confide in down the line. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Helpful Things to Say to Someone in an Abusive Relationship—and 3 to Avoid," 23 May 2019 Some victims immediately go to the police; others only want to confide in their closest friends. Kelly Gonsalves, Teen Vogue, "Lindsay Lohan Said #MeToo Makes Women “Look Weak”," 9 Aug. 2018 But the crowd’s astonishment at the unusual revelation quickly evaporated when the spy chief confided that the material came from a journalist’s book. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "Under CIA Chief Gina Haspel, an Intelligence Service Returns to the Shadows," 25 May 2019 Wearing your emotions on your sleeve is okay and confiding in a close male friend is a powerfully positive step forward. Jon Patrick Hatcher, Good Housekeeping, "If You Want to Know What's Really Going on in Boys' Heads, Ask Their BFFs," 30 Apr. 2019 But in the same neighborhoods that experience the most murders, witnesses have gone silent, unable or unwilling to confide in members of a police force viewed as adversaries. Kathleen Frydl, Vox, "Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too," 14 Aug. 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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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