Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To tell (something) in confidence: confided a secret to his friend.
  • transitive v. To give as a responsibility or put into another's care; entrust: confided the task of drafting the report to her assistant.
  • intransitive v. To disclose private matters in confidence: He knew he could confide in his parents. See Synonyms at commit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To trust, have faith (in).
  • v. To entrust (something) to the responsibility of someone.
  • v. To take (someone) into one's confidence, to speak in secret with. ( + in)
  • v. To say (something) in confidence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To put faith (in); to repose confidence; to trust; -- usually followed by in.
  • transitive v. To intrust; to give in charge; to commit to one's keeping; -- followed by to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To have faith; place trust; repose confidence: used absolutely or with in: as, the prince confided in his ministers.
  • To intrust; commit unreservedly to the charge, knowledge, or good faith of: followed by to: as, to confide something valuable to one; to confide a secret to some one; a prince confides a negotiation to his envoy.
  • Synonyms Intrust, Consign, etc. See commit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. confer a trust upon
  • v. reveal in private; tell confidentially

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin confīdō ("I trust fully, I am assured, confide, rely"), from con- ("together") + fīdō ("I trust"); see faith, fidelity. (Wiktionary)

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  • Kellerman- Flesh and Blood: "We cared of each other, loved to hang out together, but we didn't - SHE didn't confide in me.

    November 12, 2010