- to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually followed by in): She confides in no one but her husband.
- to have full trust; have faith: They confided in their own ability.
- to tell in assurance of secrecy: He confided all his plans to her.
- to entrust; commit to the charge or knowledge of another: She confided her jewelry to her sister.
Origin of confide
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Examples from the Web for confides
“You know, I never had a monstrous ego,” Mailer confides to a friend in l987.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
When they complain that there is no future for them here,” she confides after a long pause, “I worry they are right.Lebanese Christians Gun Up Against ISIS
November 10, 2014
“I dated someone for almost three years and we broke up two or three years ago,” Norton confides.Jim Norton And His Many Vices
July 25, 2014
“No one wants to risk their tenure or promotion by speaking out of turn,” confides a senior professor.Crimeans Are Resigned To Pro-Russia Vote
March 15, 2014
He confides, with something like pride, that the feds are planning to indict him, along with Jerry, on a tax charge.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
And she confides her grief to the world with such charming discretion.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There is not a man he confides in who has not engaged to betray him.'Lord Kilgobbin
He confides in Leonard, because he is in possession of this precious quality.
To this Egyptian Pandora Satou confides the secret of his heart.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
Why, Phedro confides in everybody, and so nobody ever believes him.Clair de Lune
- (usually foll by in; when tr, may take a clause as object) to disclose (secret or personal matters) in confidence (to); reveal in private (to)
- (intr foll by in) to have complete trust
- (tr) to entrust into another's keeping
Word Origin and History for confides
mid-15c., "to trust or have faith," from Latin confidere "to trust in, rely firmly upon, believe" (see confidence). Meaning "to share a secret with" is from 1735; phrase confide in (someone) is from 1888. Related: Confided; confiding.