Definition of confident
- confident of success
- confident that conditions will improve
- a confident young businessman
- a confident manner
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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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.
: 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
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