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[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.
1625-35; < Latin confīdere, equivalent to con- con- + fīdere to trust, akin to foedus; see confederate, fidelity
Related forms
confider, noun
preconfide, verb, preconfided, preconfiding.
unconfided, adjective
well-confided, adjective
3. disclose, reveal, divulge, impart. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for confided
  • The singers confided to me beforehand that they were nervous.
  • Another confided to me that over the years he had collected a small number of artifacts during his travels in the desert.
  • Of course it could be done, my sources confided-for a fee.
  • Six months later, he confided his troubles to a friend-a firefighter who had witnessed similar horrors.
  • In part it appears to have been a sort of confessional to which he confided the records of his moral auto-stethoscope.
  • They out of ages are worthy the grand idea-to them it is confided, and they must sustain it.
  • One confided to me, in strictest secrecy, that the counter-revolution would begin at midnight.
  • There was an old haircloth sofa, in especial, to which she had confided a hundred childish sorrows.
  • He continued to judge things in his own fashion and impartially, although acting loyally for the cause confided to him.
  • Apparently, she had already confided in a doctor, a friend of the family.
British Dictionary definitions for confided


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
Derived Forms
confider, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin confīdere, from fīdere to trust; related to Latin foedus treaty
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Word Origin and History for confided



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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