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 Most members have confided in their families and close friends, but many are reluctant to share their recreational choice with co-workers.) Nudity levels the playing field, several members said. Ellen Albanese,, "The naked truth: At Conn. nudist resort, ‘You can’t hide behind fancy clothes. You have to be yourself here’," 27 Aug. 2019 Kenney told investigators that Frazee had confided to her that Berreth was physically abusive toward their daughter, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Patrick Frazee wants statements to social worker suppressed in murder case," 23 Aug. 2019 His boss, Michael Ramia, said Carlos Zaragoza had confided in him that his son was battling drug problems. Los Angeles Times, "Coroner IDs 3 of 4 San Fernando Valley shooting rampage victims," 26 July 2019 After hearing this, Ortberg renewed contact with another woman who, eight years earlier, had confided in Ortberg about her own allegedly inappropriate encounter with Hybels. Manya Brachear Pashman,, "After years of inquiries, Willow Creek pastor denies misconduct allegations," 23 Mar. 2018 There was no part in this tale for a girlfriend or a best friend to confide in. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 The magazine said that Carroll confided in two friends at the time, and that both verified her account now. Josh Wingrove, Fortune, "Columnist E. Jean Carroll Accuses Trump of Sexual Assault in 1990s," 21 June 2019 Back at the party, however, the woman called to confide in a friend and then went to an emergency room with her mother, the report said. Allie Morris,, "Texas counterterrorism chief fired after arrest on sex assault charge," 31 July 2019 The fact that some have been confiding in recent days to associates is a sign of the level of their distress. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Mueller report ’much more acute’ than Barr summary, team members say," 4 Apr. 2019

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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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