[ kuhn-fahyd ]
See synonyms for: confideconfiding on

verb (used without object),con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing.
  1. to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually followed by in): She confides in no one but her husband.

  2. to have full trust; have faith: They confided in their own ability.

verb (used with object),con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing.
  1. to tell in assurance of secrecy: He confided all his plans to her.

  2. to entrust; commit to the charge or knowledge of another: She confided her jewelry to her sister.

Origin of confide

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin confīdere, from con- con- + fīdere “to trust” (akin to fidēs “faith, trust”; see fidelity)

Other words for confide

Other words from confide

  • con·fid·er, noun
  • pre·con·fide, verb, pre·con·fid·ed, pre·con·fid·ing.
  • un·con·fid·ed, adjective
  • well-con·fid·ed, adjective

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How to use confide in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for confide


/ (kənˈfaɪd) /

  1. (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)

  2. (intr foll by in) to have complete trust

  1. (tr) to entrust into another's keeping

Origin of confide

C15: from Latin confīdere, from fīdere to trust; related to Latin foedus treaty

Derived forms of confide

  • confider, noun

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