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.
- 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
You’ll rack up genuine dignity points if you choose to confide in one or two of your close friends that you may have overestimated your strength and suddenly find yourself feeling all crumbly and in need of someone to lean on.Carolyn Hax: When turning 30 becomes an existential crisis | Carolyn Hax | January 1, 2021 | Washington Post
We’re nowhere near there yet, a managing director has confided off-the-record.
As we scouted, he finally let his guard down, confiding in me about his difficult past.‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is a thrill ride through an ugly, unexamined world | Elise Favis | December 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Cates confides that Atkinson actually let her try the simulator early on—and he later used the demo to evaluate potential board members.This new VR simulator helps you prepare for the most awkward office encounters | Lee Clifford | November 30, 2020 | Fortune
The Guardian said it was able to corroborate her account with several people in whom she had confided about the alleged incident.Sexual misconduct allegations are playing out just like they did in 2016—even after the #MeToo movement | reymashayekhi | September 22, 2020 | Fortune
Bureaucrats confide that the reason ticket counters at train stations are so chaotic is to encourage bribes.Delhi in Crisis: How Corruption Rotted a Great Capital | William O’Connor | May 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And so some savvy digital media folks have come up with an older, more professional, more discreet version of Snapchat: confide.Confide Is the Best Way to Keep Your Dastardly Deeds Hidden—For Now | Daniel Gross | January 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If Anthony Weiner had used confide instead of Twitter to send photos of his package, he might still have a political career.Confide Is the Best Way to Keep Your Dastardly Deeds Hidden—For Now | Daniel Gross | January 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The fact is you are my very best friend, I tell you everything, I confide in you, I seek your advice,” she wrote.Prosecutors Allege Affair Between Rebekah Brooks And Andy Coulson | Peter Jukes, Nico Hines | October 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
His only company to confide in was the vermin in the street.Facebook Post By Chardon Ohio High School Shooting Suspect T.J. Lane | | February 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Since she had entered the room she had also come to the conclusion that it was her duty to confide her misgivings to her mother.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
He is a trusty man to whom I can safely confide the charge of everything in my absence.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
As I have great sorrows, I will confide in you; dreadful disappointment, for which I will crave a smile.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
Bussy had been debating within himself whether or not to confide to his friends what he knew about Diana.Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
It was, perhaps, the sympathy in her tone that urged the instructor to confide her trouble to a strange girl—a freshman, at that!Ruth Fielding At College | Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for confide
(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
- confider, noun
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