verb con·fide \ kən-ˈfīd \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of confide

confided; confiding
1 : to have confidence : trust
  • We cannot confide wholly in our own powers.
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

  1. He confided that he was very unhappy with his job.

  2. the local SPCA was looking for homes for a number of exotic animals confided to its care

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Origin and Etymology of 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 1faith

Synonym Discussion of 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

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


verb con·fide \ kən-ˈfīd \

Definition of confide for Students

confided; confiding
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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