Definition of confide in US English:



  • 1reporting verb Tell someone about a secret or private matter while trusting them not to repeat it to others.

    ‘he confided his fears to his mother’
    ‘“I have been afraid,” she confided’
    ‘the judge confided that he had been swayed by the sister of the accused’
    • ‘Definitely don't confide your deepest, darkest secrets to an untruthful bud.’
    • ‘As we mature it is possible for our parents to confide intimate details - depending on comfort levels a line can be drawn when sharing stories.’
    • ‘Read any supermodel burbling on about the ‘secret’ of her breathtaking beauty and she'll confide, ‘I drink lots of water.’’
    • ‘To the fixer everyone confides his or her woes over delayed luggage, airport passes and the rest, knowing that they will be sorted out.’
    • ‘‘I was more or less a drug addict ever since I was a kid,’ he confides.’
    • ‘As one parent of a child in private education confides: ‘It's just that we want them to be with people like us.’’
    • ‘The titian-haired lady of the finely-chiselled features detects the Scottish accent and confides that husband number one had been a Scot, a member of the aristocracy.’
    • ‘Had my father lived, he might have sought my advice the way Nancy's seeks hers, confiding his conflicts in private, in his den.’
    • ‘The story line is about a gay fashion designer inviting his friends over for lunch to confide a secret.’
    • ‘The Hollywood actress has been calling her ex while he is on tour and has spent hours confiding her secrets and emotions to him’
    • ‘She laughed triumphantly and leaned closer to her daughter-in-law as if to confide a secret.’
    • ‘They gaze ardently into each other's eyes, confide dark secrets, embrace by rubbing cheek to cheek.’
    • ‘Clients must feel secure in confiding their secrets and entrusting their most personal affairs to lawyers.’
    • ‘Ian stopped, completely unaware of where this was coming from and knowing this was rather a private thing to confide so casually.’
    • ‘She giggled, as if confiding a scrumptious secret.’
    • ‘Among friends again, we may be happy to confide our innermost secrets, but when it comes to revealing how much we earn or save, most of us are less forthcoming.’
    • ‘Henry confided that the secret of his longevity was to take naps whenever and wherever he pleased.’
    • ‘But I would suggest talking calmly to your wife in private and confiding your feelings before you do anything else.’
    • ‘After a fifteen-minute break, we went around the room confiding why each of us was there and what we wanted to write about.’
    • ‘It is all a matter of equestrian confidence, he confides.’
    reveal, disclose, divulge, leak, lay bare, make known, betray, impart, pass on, proclaim, announce, report, declare, intimate, uncover, unmask, expose, bring out into the open, unfold, vouchsafe, tell
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    1. 1.1confide inno object Trust (someone) enough to tell them of a secret or private matter.
      ‘he confided in friends that he and his wife planned to separate’
      • ‘Word on the streets is that once you've been confided in, toothpicks under your fingernails couldn't pry secrets out of you.’
      • ‘It took a while to get to know each other well enough to actually confide in one another.’
      • ‘Not only will people not trust you, confide in you or believe you - they might ditch you.’
      • ‘Explain to your so-called bud that you confide in her because you trust her.’
      • ‘Mum confided in me that she would like to send him to University in England but a single year would cost tens of thousands of dollars and would necessitate selling the house.’
      • ‘She was the only teacher that Katie had ever felt comfortable enough to confide in.’
      • ‘People close to me trust me and confide in me, I am a good listener.’
      • ‘I don't really feel close enough to either Jo or Lee to be comfortable with confiding in them.’
      • ‘I would urge her to seek help and confide in somebody she trusts.’
      • ‘We confide in strangers because we believe we'll be able to forget or deny to ourselves that we have done so.’
      • ‘He confides in Pat that he's concerned for Sam's mental strength.’
      • ‘‘I have to be honest,’ he says, confiding in his audience.’
      • ‘But friends were aware there were problems in the relationship, and he confided in them when he left his wife just weeks into the marriage.’
      • ‘Your cousin clearly didn't understand that, by confiding in you, she was making you a party to her guilty secret.’
      • ‘Yes, I know that it is lovely and thrilling to be relied upon and confided in.’
      • ‘They also said that they did not feel comfortable confiding in school authority figures, because the girls believed that their culture was misunderstood or not respected by their teachers and counsellors.’
      • ‘As a woman who has loved sweetly, she now learns passion, and trusting Frederic, she confides in him.’
      • ‘If midwives jump in and act on confessions, pregnant women are likely to clam up, become reticent about confiding in them or even leave antenatal care.’
      • ‘All are bright, beautiful and eager to connect with someone they can confide in and trust.’
      • ‘I kinda wish she'd just confide in me, since I ended up trusting her enough to confide in her.’
      open one's heart to, unburden oneself to, unbosom oneself to, confess to, tell all to, tell one's all to, commune with
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    2. 1.2confide something todated Entrust something to (someone) for safekeeping.
      ‘the property of others confided to their care was unjustifiably risked’
      • ‘Later on, when his younger brother reached the age where he, too, had to earn his living and five hectares were not enough to support two families, he confided the estate to his brother and created a negociant business.’
      • ‘He accordingly confided his estate to a trustee and gave him unusual powers.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘place trust (in’)): from Latin confidere ‘have full trust’. The sense ‘impart as a secret’ dates from the mid 18th century.