Definition of confident in English:



  • 1Feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured.

    ‘she was a confident, outgoing girl’
    ‘a confident smile’
    • ‘It's little wonder that she used to consider herself to be fearless on stage but much less confident in front of a camera.’
    • ‘Feeling more confident in the arms of this stranger who was not a stranger, Ellen's back stiffened.’
    • ‘Be confident in yourself, show that to the judges and the people and you'll do great.’
    • ‘Dog handlers have to be able to work by themselves and to be confident in doing so, he said.’
    • ‘You have to be confident in your own ability and trust the people you have around you.’
    • ‘They found pupils felt more confident in lessons, they were less distracted and did not feel the need to show off.’
    • ‘This is a slick yet wearable collection that just begs to be worn with killer heels and a sexy, confident smile.’
    • ‘We are obviously confident in our own ability but it will be quite difficult to go straight up this year.’
    • ‘Longstanding drivers who know the rules were confident in saying no to management.’
    • ‘This is not the remark of someone confident in his own identity and prospects.’
    • ‘Before we go out onto the field, he makes everyone so relaxed and confident in their own ability.’
    • ‘They refused to be overawed by Brazil, and came out fully confident in their ability to win.’
    • ‘So from a very early age I've always felt very confident in and on the water.’
    • ‘I have always been confident in my own ability and thankfully it paid off.’
    • ‘Some people think I'm not capable of doing well, but I'm quite confident in myself.’
    • ‘She had been writing songs and performing since she was a child and was confident in her abilities.’
    • ‘They are also happier, more confident and develop better abilities to concentrate.’
    • ‘Privileged kids are far more relaxed and confident in huge, posh colleges.’
    • ‘I walk in with confident ease and smile at the people I pass, who are only too happy to see me.’
    • ‘Instead, he was too trusting, perhaps too confident in his own ability to keep everything together.’
    self-assured, assured, sure of oneself, self-confident, positive
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    1. 1.1Feeling or showing certainty about something.
      ‘this time they're confident of a happy ending’
      ‘I am not very confident about tonight's game’
      • ‘He said he was very confident that agriculture had a bright future in the enlarged EU.’
      • ‘If he is confident of a positive response from his squad then the fun is set to begin for United fans.’
      • ‘While it is too early to record any positive results yet, Pam is quietly confident that it will help.’
      • ‘That, in a small way, makes me feel more confident about carrying on with my plan.’
      • ‘I do believe we should be reasonably confident about our prospects for the future.’
      • ‘It is a very ambitious target but the group is confident that it will succeed.’
      • ‘And the two writers are confident that it is going to be pure fun in the months and years to come.’
      • ‘I'm confident that Kevin is working hard to make sure that that's something that we deal with.’
      • ‘We are confident of our sources and satisfied with the veracity of the story.’
      • ‘He was certainly very confident that there were places where autism could be treated.’
      • ‘The company said it had employed a team of top experts to look into the matter and was confident that none of the houses was in any danger.’
      • ‘She is confident that any new features, including work to complete a path, will boost the park's image.’
      • ‘Investors therefore feel more confident about the outlook for company profits and stock markets.’
      • ‘As has been said before, it's better to be confident of a good result than hopeful of a great one.’
      • ‘He added that the firm had monitored the local market for several months and was confident that the units would be taken up.’
      • ‘Helen is still paying back loans she took on this investment but she is confident about the future.’
      • ‘However, when prices dive so low, how can we be confident that no one is being exploited at the manufacturing end?’
      • ‘He was confident of winning with a stoppage and I'm sure he would have done if he'd had the chance.’
      • ‘They should all be confident of an appropriate and a caring response, he promised.’
      • ‘Obviously he can't make any promises but I am confident that he will look at the arguments carefully.’
      optimistic, hopeful, sanguine
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  • A confidant.

    • ‘‘Nope, you guys are my only confidents,’ he said smiling.’
    • ‘It was now that I began to realize that those whom I had been great friends with during elementary were slowly dropping from my side, joining new confidents like the skaters or the Goths.’
    • ‘His parents were his closest confidents and friends in a sense, but they were still his parents.’
    • ‘The fact is (and this would be an interesting subject for a later post) it really seems like most great artistic products are the broadcasts of a cabal: the proceedings of a small group of confidents exposed to a wide audience.’
    • ‘They wanted nothing to do with the black market or its confidents.’


Late 16th century: from French confident(e), from Italian confidente, from Latin confident- having full trust from the verb confidere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + fidere trust.