Meaning of CONFIDENCE in English

CONFIDENCE

noun

1 belief in others

ADJECTIVE

▪ absolute , complete , full , total

The company needs the full ~ of its investors.

▪ great , high , real , strong ( AmE )

Confidence is high among the team's supporters.

▪ low ( AmE )

Generally there is low public ~ in government institutions.

▪ reasonable

▪ growing , increased , increasing

▪ new , renewed

▪ misplaced

The general's ~ in his army proved misplaced.

▪ public

public ~ in the government

▪ business , consumer , customer , investor , market , voter

VERB + CONFIDENCE

▪ enjoy , feel , have

This government no longer enjoys the ~ of the public.

We all have complete ~ in this product.

▪ express

He expressed ~ in the new plans.

▪ be lacking in , lack

▪ share

She wished that she shared his ~.

▪ maintain , retain

to maintain public ~ in the system of justice

▪ bolster , boost , build , build up , enhance , improve , increase , raise , strengthen

Higher profits should raise business ~.

▪ gain

▪ breed , create , engender , generate , give (sb) , inspire , instil/instill , promote

The training is designed to give staff ~ in managing problems.

The company's record does not really inspire ~.

▪ rebuild , renew , restore , revive

an effort to renew investor ~ in corporate America

▪ lose

This government has lost the ~ of the public.

▪ damage , dent ( esp. BrE ), erode , sap , shake , undermine , weaken

Only one bank scandal is needed to shake the ~ in the financial markets.

▪ destroy , shatter

CONFIDENCE + VERB

▪ decline , decrease , fall , wane

▪ grow , increase , rise , soar

▪ return

Confidence has returned to the market.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ about

The captain was not lacking in ~ about his team's prospects.

▪ ~ among

a loss of ~ among investors

▪ ~ between

efforts to build ~ between employers and unions

▪ ~ in

They have no ~ in the legal system.

PHRASES

▪ a crisis of ~

There is a crisis of ~ in the university about its future role.

▪ have every ~ , have the utmost ~

The captain of the football team said he had every ~ in his men.

▪ a lack of ~ , a loss of ~

▪ a ~ motion (also a no-confidence motion ) ( esp. BrE ), a ~ vote (also a no-confidence vote ) , a vote of ~ , a vote of no ~

The government lost a ~ vote.

This is a tremendous vote of ~ for the government.

2 belief in yourself

ADJECTIVE

▪ considerable , enormous , great

▪ supreme , tremendous , utter

▪ unshakable , unwavering

▪ added , extra

▪ new-found , renewed

▪ growing , increased , increasing

▪ calm , cool , quiet

She gave an outward appearance of quiet ~.

▪ easy

She spoke in a tone of easy ~.

▪ false

All his false ~ had drained away.

▪ inner , personal

VERB + CONFIDENCE

▪ have

She has very little ~ in her own abilities.

▪ demonstrate , display , project ( esp. AmE ), show

▪ feel

‘I can explain,’ he said, with a ~ he did not feel.

▪ be full of , brim with , exude , ooze , radiate

Since she got the new job, she's been brimming with ~.

a man who exudes ~

▪ be lacking in , lack

A lot of children are lacking in ~.

▪ acquire , develop , gain , gather

She's gained a lot of ~ over the last year.

▪ grow in

As the weeks went by he grew in ~.

▪ lose

During his illness he really lost his ~.

▪ get back , rebuild , recover , regain , restore

He's really striking the ball well and has recovered his ~.

▪ bolster , boost , build , build up , develop , encourage , enhance , improve

Winning the competition really boosted her ~.

▪ give sb , instil/instill

They are gradually instilling ~ in their staff.

▪ dent ( esp. BrE ), sap , shake , undermine , weaken

Failing his exams really dented his ~.

▪ destroy , shatter

CONFIDENCE + VERB

▪ drain , drain away , evaporate ( esp. BrE ), go

My ~ went completely after my first major defeat.

▪ grow , increase , rise

Their ~ grew with each success.

▪ return

CONFIDENCE + NOUN

▪ boost , booster , builder ( AmE )

The home team badly need a ~ booster.

▪ building

Getting the certificate does a lot in terms of ~ building.

PREPOSITION

▪ with ~

She answered the question with ~.

▪ ~ about

I lacked ~ about how I looked.

▪ ~ in

his ~ in himself

PHRASES

▪ a lack of ~

▪ a loss of ~

3 trust

ADJECTIVE

▪ absolute , complete , full , total

▪ mutual

VERB + CONFIDENCE

▪ enjoy , have

The Cabinet must enjoy the ~ of Parliament.

Security institutions have to have the ~ of all communities.

▪ keep , retain

▪ earn , gain , get , win

▪ build

an environment which builds mutual ~

▪ betray , break

She promised not to break his ~.

I don't think I'm breaking any ~ by telling you that he plans to write another book.

▪ place , put

Are we to place ~ in a man who cannot remember a phone call he made last week?

▪ withhold

▪ take sb into

She thought she might take Leo into her ~.

CONFIDENCE + NOUN

▪ game ( AmE ), trick ( BrE )

▪ man ( AmE ) (usually con man in BrE and AmE ) , trickster ( BrE )

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

I really can't talk about this—she told me in ~.

PHRASES

▪ a breach of ~

Telling other people what I'd said was a total breach of ~.

▪ in strict ~

Questions will be dealt with in the strictest ~.

4 secret

ADJECTIVE

▪ whispered

VERB + CONFIDENCE

▪ exchange , share

The girls exchanged whispered ~s.

▪ keep

Can you keep a ~?

▪ betray

I could never forgive Mike for betraying a ~.

▪ encourage , invite

She didn't encourage ~s.

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