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

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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

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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 And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're creepy, and they're kooky, and they're coming to Oconomowoc. 'The Addams Family' will run Oct. 4-13 at The Box Theatre Co.," 9 Sep. 2019 Trust, shared decision making, and mutual honesty are all part of a solid therapeutic relationship—without those elements, confiding and getting to the nitty gritty of therapy is difficult if not impossible. Molly Burford, Glamour, "How to Break Up With Your Therapist," 6 Sep. 2019 Breaking down the traditional confides for campaigns set by Fashion Houses. James Love, Essence, "Kenzo Tabs Logan Browning and Selah Marley for its’ Fall-Winter 2019 Campaign.," 30 Aug. 2019 The intern confided details of the relationship to her Defense Department co-worker Tripp who secretly recorded their conversations. James Hibberd,, "FX dismisses critics of Clinton scandal miniseries timed for 2020 election," 7 Aug. 2019 On July 23, 2018, the previous day, Meyer texted with someone outside the program and confided that Smith would be fired that day. Doug Lesmerises,, "Ohio State releases Urban Meyer-Zach Smith investigation records: Everything you need to know," 2 Aug. 2019 His introspective songs came across as the musings of a troubled family member confiding his doubts and anxieties rather than the larger-than-life pronouncements of a rap entertainer. Greg Kot,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: 3 days of heat, rain and music rich in cultural diversity," 22 July 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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