- 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.
intransitive verbconfided, confiding
Origin of confideClassical Latin confidere ; from com-, intensive + 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
verbcon·fid·ed, con·fid·ing, con·fides
- To tell (something) in confidence: confided a secret to his friend.
- To give as a responsibility or put into another's care: confided the task of drafting the report to her assistant.
Origin of confideMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present confides, present participle confiding, simple past and past participle confided)
- (intransitive, now rare) To trust, have faith (in).
- (dated) To entrust (something) to the responsibility of someone.
- I confide this mission to you alone.
- (intransitive) To take (someone) into one's confidence, to speak in secret with. (+ in)
- I could no longer keep this secret alone; I decided to confide in my brother.
- (intransitive) To say (something) in confidence.
- After several drinks, I confided my problems to the barman.
- She confided that her marriage had been in trouble for some time.