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 But now teachers weren’t seeing those kids, and kids couldn’t confide in those teachers, and Amanda Neal’s phone wasn’t ringing. Washington Post, "Reports of child abuse are down. This investigator is scared for the kids she’s not seeing.," 15 Oct. 2020 This empathy draws their peers and sometimes even adults to confide in sensitive children. Richard Schiffman, Star Tribune, "Highly sensitive children can flourish in the right environment," 2 Oct. 2020 And my neon hair and open demeanor created a sphere of nonjudgement that allowed one of my patients to confide in me about her body-image issues. Chase T. M. Anderson, Scientific American, "The Masks We Wear to Survive," 22 Sep. 2020 Brill was not the only skeptic to confide in Kuraitis that month. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, "The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart," 21 Sep. 2020 Outside of dance, the two would have sleepovers and confide in one another. Dallas News, "Protests, pandemic, politics are shaping the social media identities of North Texas teens," 7 Sep. 2020 Or a parent may inappropriately confide in a child, relying on them to fill an emotional need that their adult partner should. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, "Dear Therapist: Should My Parents Get Divorced?," 31 Aug. 2020 But Wahid’s older brother Zahid said the journalist would sometimes confide in him, mentioning the risks to Afghan media. Washington Post, "The targeted killings that have shaken Afghanistan," 31 Aug. 2020 Having an adult presence outside the home to confide in would have changed her girlhood. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "The teacher who returned to the rural Alaska village where she was abused is not staying silent," 6 June 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Confide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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