American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To tell (something) in confidence: confided a secret to his friend.
- v. To give as a responsibility or put into another's care; entrust: confided the task of drafting the report to her assistant.
- v. To disclose private matters in confidence: He knew he could confide in his parents. See Synonyms at commit.
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.
- v. intransitive To trust, have faith (in).
- v. transitive, dated To entrust (something) to the responsibility of someone.
- v. intransitive To take (someone) into one's confidence, to speak in secret with. ( + in)
- v. transitive, intransitive To say (something) in confidence.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To put faith (
in); to repose confidence; to trust; -- usually followed by in.
- v. To intrust; to give in charge; to commit to one's keeping; -- followed by
- v. confer a trust upon
- v. reveal in private; tell confidentially
- From Latin confīdō ("I trust fully, I am assured, confide, rely"), from con- ("together") + fīdō ("I trust"); see faith, fidelity. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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“The signal-officer explained that the word "confide" would have to be spelt, and suggested instead the word "expects," as that was in the vocabulary.”
“Further, while the Lord will be the Sanctuary of such as confide in these promises and await their fulfilment, He will drive to confusion, darkness, and despair the vast multitude of the nation who despised His oracles, and, in their anxiety and distress, betook themselves to the lying oracles of the heathen.”
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“Never make your self-worth dependent on them or confide your deepest feelings to them.”
“She leaned forward, as if prepared to confide news of a delicate nature.”
“If you are not someone who likes to journal, confide in a safe friend.”
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