con·​fi·​dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio) , -ˌdent\

Definition of confident

1 : full of conviction : certain confident of success confident that conditions will improve
2 : having or showing assurance and self-reliance a confident young businessman a confident manner
3 obsolete : trustful, confiding

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Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

Is it confident or confidant? (Or is it confidante?)

If you find yourself unsure whether you should choose confident or confidant don’t feel bad; confidant comes to English from the French word confident, and when the word first entered our language it was often spelled that way, rather than as confidant. The difference is quite simple: confidant is a noun (meaning "a person in whom you confide things"), and confident is an adjective (defined as “having confidence”). You may well be confident in your confidant, but you would not be confidant in your confident. Although this distinction has not always been observed by writers, confidante is generally used for a female confidant. The word confidant is more frequently used to describe a man, but it may be applied to either gender.

Examples of confident in a Sentence

I am confident about my ability to do the job. The players seem more relaxed and confident this season. He has become more confident in his Spanish-speaking skills. They have a confident air about them. We are confident that conditions will improve soon.
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Leaders of tomorrow Technovation Girls, formerly known as the Technovation Challenge, began in 2010 as a small pilot programme to tackle the STEM gender gap by helping young girls become more confident, curious, and creative problem-solvers. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Hey Silicon Valley, make way for these teenage Indian “witches” and their app," 13 Aug. 2019 The connection between travel and confident, curious kids is well documented. Allison Ellis, National Geographic, "Get Your Kids Back-to-School Ready," 11 Aug. 2019 Delgado and the 10 Latina artists have given us something both accomplished and confident, soft yet powerful. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019 Over the past three years, Dima and Rene Vesi have developed an unlikely friendship that Dima’s parents say has allowed their son to become more confident and open to social interaction., "Autistic Oregon boy finds treasure in friendship with garbage truck driver," 31 July 2019 Thee Stallion told us that Hot Girl Summer is basically women and men being unapologetically themselves, being confident and being the life of the party. Danielle Young, Essence, "What Is A Hot Girl Summer?," 31 July 2019 O’Connor felt confident enough in Robinho to start him on the road against the Portland Timbers despite the fact the young player had only been with the team for six days. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City’s Cristian Higuita begins next step of injury recovery," 25 July 2019 Bombalurina is usually played as a confident and self-obsessed, as well as a frequent wielder of flirtation. Tara Edwards,, "Everything You Need To Know About Taylor Swift's Role In Cats," 23 July 2019 But scientists at least feel confident enough to say that dark matter is a.) dark and b.) the stuff that makes up most of the universe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Are Arguing About Dark Matter Again," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of confident

circa 1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for confident

borrowed from Latin confīdent-, confīdens "trusting in oneself, assured, presumptuous," from present participle of confīdere "to put trust in, have confidence in, be sure" — more at confide

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English Language Learners Definition of confident

: having a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something : having confidence
: showing that you have confidence
: certain that something will happen or that something is true


con·​fi·​dent | \ ˈkän-fə-dənt How to pronounce confident (audio) \

Kids Definition of confident

: having or showing sureness and optimism

Other Words from confident

confidently adverb

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