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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confider noun

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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 Harnden would confide in Nicosia, keep him abreast of his plans for the outlet, and complain to him in brazen terms about events and personnel inside the office, according to the audio recordings and text messages obtained by CNN Business. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Inside the climate of 'workplace terror and bullying' at the Washington Examiner, a conservative media outlet on the rise," 14 Feb. 2020 The team found childhood friends Humphrey had confided in and in the course of reporting found another victim of Culver’s abuse. oregonlive, "Letter from the Editor: Mercy Corps investigation ‘the kind of work we get into journalism to do’," 12 Oct. 2019 Their bond was built on day-to-day interactions like helping each other with homework and confiding their secret high school crushes., "A Portland woman carried twin babies for her twin sister, who has a genetic disease. They were born healthy this month.," 21 June 2019 Such a vast and tremendous power ought not to be confided to the perilous exercise of one single man. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky leaders have mixed reactions to Iraq airstrike killing Qasem Soleimani," 3 Jan. 2020 In her final years with Grover, Addimando began confiding in a friend, Elizabeth Clifton. Rachel Louise Snyder, The New Yorker, "When Can a Woman Who Kills Her Abuser Claim Self-Defense?," 20 Dec. 2019 Only about a third of the incidents were reported by the victims, with many more being reported by employees who are required under law to report incidents when a student or staff member confides in them. Liz Bowie,, "Here’s what happened when Maryland students forced colleges to confront sexual assault," 27 Aug. 2019 This was the year Gypsy first confided in her neighbor, Aleah Woodmansee, about her relationship with Godejohn. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Dee Dee Blanchard's Murder and Gypsy Blanchard's Trial," 3 Apr. 2019 The fog was just lifting at Capitola Beach one morning in July when Christine Blasey Ford confided in two friends. Julia Prodis Sulek, The Seattle Times, "Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the accuser of court nominee Kavanaugh?," 18 Sep. 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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11 Mar 2020

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“Confide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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