Confide meaning

kən-fīd
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.

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(intransitive, now rare) To trust, have faith (in).
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To tell (something) in confidence.

Confided a secret to his friend.

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To give as a responsibility or put into another's care.

Confided the task of drafting the report to her assistant.

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To disclose private matters in confidence.

He knew he could confide in his parents.

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To trust (in someone), esp. by sharing secrets or discussing private affairs.
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To tell or talk about as a secret.

To confide one's troubles to a friend.

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To entrust (as a duty, object, or person) to someone.
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(dated) To entrust (something) to the responsibility of someone.

I confide this mission to you alone.

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(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.

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(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.

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Origin of confide

  • Middle English to rely on from Old French confider from Latin cōnfīdere com- intensive pref. com– fīdere to trust bheidh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin confīdō (“I trust fully, I am assured, confide, rely”), from con- (“together”) + fīdō (“I trust”); see faith, fidelity.

    From Wiktionary