- To confide is to trust someone enough to tell your secrets, worries or thoughts.
An example of confide is when you confess your secret crush to a friend.
A girl confides a secret to her friend.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Classical Latin confidere ; from com-, intensive plush fidere, to trust: see faith
- to tell or talk about as a secret: to confide one's troubles to a friend
- to entrust (as a duty, object, or person) to someone
- confider noun
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verb con·fid·ed, con·fid·ing, con·fides verb, transitive
- To tell (something) in confidence: confided a secret to his friend.
- To give as a responsibility or put into another's care; entrust: confided the task of drafting the report to her assistant.
Origin: Middle English, to rely on, from Old French confider, from Latin cōnfīdere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + fīdere, to trust; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
- con·fidˈer noun