confide

[kuhn-fahyd]
verb (used without object), confided, confiding.
1.
to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems (usually followed by in ): She confides in no one but her husband.
2.
to have full trust; have faith: They confided in their own ability.
verb (used with object), confided, confiding.
3.
to tell in assurance of secrecy: He confided all his plans to her.
4.
to entrust; commit to the charge or knowledge of another: She confided her jewelry to her sister.

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin confīdere, equivalent to con- con- + fīdere to trust, akin to foedus; see confederate, fidelity

confider, noun
preconfide, verb, preconfided, preconfiding.
unconfided, adjective
well-confided, adjective


3. disclose, reveal, divulge, impart.
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confide (kənˈfaɪd)
 
vb (usually foll by in; when tr, may take a clause as object) (foll by in)
1.  to disclose (secret or personal matters) in confidence (to); reveal in private (to)
2.  to have complete trust
3.  (tr) to entrust into another's keeping
 
[C15: from Latin confīdere, from fīdere to trust; related to Latin foedus treaty]
 
con'fider
 
n

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confide
c.1455, "to trust or have faith," from L. confidere (see confidence). Meaning "to share a secret with" is from 1735; phrase confide in (someone) is from 1888. Related: Confiding (1829); confided, pp. adj. (1840s).
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Example sentences
It is due to the sound discretion with which they select from among themselves
  those to whom they confide the legislative duties.
He tries to confide in his family but they rebuke him for questioning his faith.
The clinic's people work on the theory that many do seek someone in whom to
  confide, simply to talk.
Gaining it, she thought, he would confide in her--he would eventually speak.
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