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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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 There must be at least someone in the institution who can be trusted and confided in. Bukola Adebayo And Stephanie Busari, CNN, "Lecturer asked her to trade sex for better grades, Nigerian student says," 23 May 2018 In a closed-door meeting with Republicans late Tuesday, President Donald Trump confided that his daughter urged him to find a solution. Catherine Lucey And Jonathan Lemire,, "Ivanka Trump stayed silent for days as border crisis mounted," 20 June 2018 But Ricky had only confided to Strickland about his AIDS diagnosis. Kera Bolonik, Billboard, "The B-52s On a 40-Year Career as LGBTQ Pioneers, and the Tragedy That Almost Cut It Short," 14 June 2018 On Wednesday’s all-new Real Housewives of New York City, the 53-year-old mother of two confided in pals Carole Radziwill and Dorinda Medley about the challenges of being back in the Big Apple after her new lifestyle change. Dave Quinn,, "Luann de Lesseps Admits It's 'Tempting' Being Around People Who Drink Amid Her Sobriety," 11 July 2018 The white owner of a popular Columbia, S.C., restaurant picked the wrong white man to confide in. Anne Branigin, The Root, "South Carolina Restaurant Closed After Musician Says White Owner Promised to Keep the ‘Nigs’ in Their Place," 26 June 2018 At La Casa del Túnel, Mr Arveola confides that he was deported back to Mexico in 2002. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 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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