The suspect confessed to the crime.
An example of to confess is to tell sins to a priest.
An example of to confess is for a person to state that he is a Christian.
- Shakespeare.I never gave it him. Send for him hither, / And let him confess a truth.
- Milton.And there confess / Humbly our faults, and pardon beg.
- Addison.I must confess I was most pleased with a beautiful prospect that none of them have mentioned.
People confess to anything under torture.
Confess one's religion.
- To admit or admit having; acknowledge.
- To be revealed or admitted as.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of confess
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English confessen, from Anglo-Norman confesser, from Old French confesser, from Medieval Latin confessō (“I confess”), a derivative of Latin confessus (Old French confés), past participle of cōnfiteor (“I confess, I admit”) from con- + fateor (“I admit”). Displaced Middle English andetten (“to confess, admit”) (from Old English andettan).