• Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
    Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v confide reveal in private; tell confidentially
    • v confide confer a trust upon "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret","I commit my soul to God"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Confide To intrust; to give in charge; to commit to one's keeping; -- followed by to. "Congress may . . . confide to the Circuit jurisdiction of all offenses against the United States."
    • v. i Confide To put faith (in); to repose confidence; to trust; -- usually followed by in; as, the prince confides in his ministers. "By thy command I rise or fall,
      In thy protection I confide ."
      "Judge before friendships, then confide till death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • confide To have faith; place trust; repose confidence: used absolutely or with in: as, the prince confided in his ministers.
    • confide 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.
    • confide Synonyms Intrust, Consign, etc. See commit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Confide kon-fīd′ to trust wholly or have faith (with in): to rely
    • v.t Confide to entrust, or commit to the charge of
    • n Confide a confidential friend
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  • John McEnroe
    John McEnroe
    “I think it's the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.”
  • Joe Montana
    Joe Montana
    “Confidence is a very fragile thing.”
  • Ilie Nastase
    Ilie Nastase
    “If you have confidence you have patience. Confidence, that is everything.”
  • Jack Nicklaus
    Jack Nicklaus
    “Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.”
  • Michael O'Brien
    Michael O'Brien
    “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. confidere,; con-, + fidere, to trust. See Faith, and cf. Affiance


In literature:

It cruelly shook his self-confidence.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Her eyes seemed to enter into confidence with me, and I knew she was rather sorry for me.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Neither of them knows anything of that misery yet, I am confident.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Floyd and his mother have the first confidence.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
There was a complete absence of fuss, and a calm, deliberate confidence was manifest everywhere.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
One portion of the people has lost confidence in the Government, and now seven States have left it.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The form of our text then marks the confidence of Paul's prayer.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
A trifle like this made a great impression upon Irving, and from that time on I had his entire confidence.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Confidence in the protection of the Government has superseded the necessity.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
The vicar's confidences were the result of a fit of nervous exasperation.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He gathered confidence in himself, if he ever lacked it.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Confidence had returned to them with amazing quickness, and the most confident and joyous of all was Tom Ross.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He made up his mind at last to confide his vague suspicions to Mr. Donovan.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
He has no confidence in the Irish Nationalist leaders; but, strange to say he believes in Mr. Gladstone.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
To the end Bill felt confident, and remained quite undisturbed.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Whatever confidences trembled on her lips, remained unsaid.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
He more than ever lacked self-confidence.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
That made them confidants.
"A Boy Knight" by Martin J. (Martin Jerome) Scott
He had determined to emigrate to America with his wife, who was his equal in courage and confidence.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
No wonder she saw possibilities in the enchanted future and was confident of reaching them if she could be allowed.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

The wretch detested must she trust,
The servant master own:
Confide to godless cause so just,
And for God's blessing moan.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Through the doubt and mystery,
Grant to us thy steps to see,
And the grace to draw from thence
Larger hope and confidence.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She gave me all that woman can,
Nor her soul's nunnery forego,
A confidence that man to man
Without remorse can never show.
"Monna Lisa" by James Russell Lowell
He dwelt in Eden's garden, stored
With sweets for every sense;
And there with his descending LORD
He walked in confidence.
"Adam" by John Newton
Children confided to our care,
Hath God in kindness given,
Of whom five still on earth remain,
And two, we trust, in heaven.
"To My Husband" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
I say I have no story--all are told!
Not to be daunted thus,
They only crowd more confident and bold,
And laugh, incredulous.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Avery, who as president of Coppin State University lost a no-confidence vote in February by faculty members who were unhappy with rapid turnover in the institution's leadership, announced on Wednesday that he would resign.
Avery had received vote of no confidence in February.
Coppin faculty votes 'no confidence' in university president.
The Baltimore Sun reports Avery's resignation comes months after a vote of no confidence.
Coppin faculty votes 'no confidence' in university president.
The additional funding we have received from the Technology Strategy Board is a great vote of confidence in the potential of ...
Bruce Fedyck/US Presswire Ron Hainsey, a defenseman for the Jets, spoke for the NHLPA and expressed confidence that a deal could be reached before a lockout Sept 15.
DesJarlais' camp remains confident, expects victory.
When the Spokesman-Review got a new editor six months ago, I was confident it would mean the end of the paper's phobia about dissent.
'It's an early indicator that confidence is shifting'.
Jonathan Hewitt wrote 'Life Ki-do Parenting: Tools to Raise Happy Confident Kids from the Inside Out.
Employers in the public and private sectors can be confident that AV professionals holding the CTS, CTS-D, and CTS-I credentials have demonstrated the knowledge to implement audiovisual best practices, processes, and procedures.
After holding steady in June, consumer confidence stumbled and fell during July, tripped up by a worsening jobs outlook, falling by 8.3 percent to a level of 76.6, down from 83.5 the prior month.
Food banks and charities are confident that donations will stay up despite the gloomy economy.
So, we can be confident that God would not lead us to live in such a way that contradicts the principles found in His Word.

In science:

Table 2 gives the confidence level at which the null hypothesis could be rejected for a range of SNR assuming the relaxation spectra was nonnegative. A T2 decay with an SNR of at least 500 was required to reject the null hypothesis at a confidence level of 2s.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
High reproducibility of signal in a reconstructed spectrum is often assumed to indicate a detection with high confidence.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
That no prior information was required to implement the test enhances the confidence in any detection.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
Confidence level of explicit rejection of the null hypothesis for myelin signal detection including the prior information that the relaxation spectrum is nonnegative.
A robust and reliable method for detecting signals of interest in multiexponential decays
While the developer felt that the approach meant that he was more confident of the spreadsheet’s correctness there were a number of issues.
Investigating the Potential of Test-Driven Development for Spreadsheet Engineering
The experimental results compare the performance indicators for the treatment and control groups by comparing accuracy, experience, training, confidence measures, perceived difficulty and perceived completeness.
Concerning the Feasibility of Example-driven Modelling Techniques
The confidence calculation indicates whether the group were perfectly calibrated, over or under confident.
Concerning the Feasibility of Example-driven Modelling Techniques
As can be seen, both groups were under confident in their work.
Concerning the Feasibility of Example-driven Modelling Techniques
The search for GW burst signals was tuned to identify single candidates with high confidence.
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
Context Summarization (CS) is a method of representing raw context information into summarized information so that it takes relatively less storage space and can successfully answer the queries for complete information with acceptable degree of confidence .
Data Aggregation and Privacy for Police Patrols
It appears that Earth rotation may now be predictably accurate to within one second out to three years with 99% confidence.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
GC works by providing a specification of original information to which some extra information if appended. GC keeps the quality of the message the same as original but instead reduces the confidence of the receiver that the message is in fact the intended message.
Efficiency Theory: a Unifying Theory for Information, Computation and Intelligence
Confidence intervals permit, but do not guarantee, better inference than statistical significance testing.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
Effect Sizes, Confidence Intervals, and Meta-Analysis.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
See the website of the second B3SM workshop,, in particular the forum session: “Higgs-Yukawa Model on a La ttice ”.
Status of the Fourth Generation - A Brief Summary of B3SM-III Workshop in Four Parts