[kuh n-fahyd] /kənˈfaɪd/

verb (used without object), confided, confiding.
to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually followed by in):
She confides in no one but her husband.
to have full trust; have faith:
They confided in their own ability.
verb (used with object), confided, confiding.
to tell in assurance of secrecy:
He confided all his plans to her.
to entrust; commit to the charge or knowledge of another:
She confided her jewelry to her sister.
usually foll by in; when tr, may take a clause as object. to disclose (secret or personal matters) in confidence (to); reveal in private (to)
(intransitive) foll by in. to have complete trust
(transitive) to entrust into another’s keeping

mid-15c., “to trust or have faith,” from Latin confidere “to trust in, rely firmly upon, believe” (see confidence). Meaning “to share a secret with” is from 1735; phrase confide in (someone) is from 1888. Related: Confided; confiding.


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