confide

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EtymologyEdit

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

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confide (third-person singular simple present confides, present participle confiding, simple past and past participle confided)

  1. (intransitive, now rare) To trust, have faith (in).
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 269:
      "Be calm, lovely Antonia!" he replied; "no danger in near you: confide in my protection."
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus, Everyman's Library 1973, p. 10:
      "I shall do nothing rashly: you know me sufficiently to confide in my prudence and consideration whenever the safety of others is committed to my care."
    • 1807, Lord Byron, The Prayer of Nature
      In thy protection I confide.
  2. (transitive, dated) To entrust (something) to the responsibility of someone.
    I confide this mission to you alone.
  3. (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.
  4. (transitive, 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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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

cōnfīde

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of cōnfīdō