Meaning of CONFIDENCE in English

CONFIDENCE

/ ˈkɒnfɪdəns; NAmE ˈkɑːn-/ noun

BELIEF IN OTHERS

1.

[ U ] confidence (in sb/sth) the feeling that you can trust, believe in and be sure about the abilities or good qualities of sb/sth :

The players all have confidence in their manager.

A fall in unemployment will help to restore consumer confidence.

a lack of confidence in the government

The new contracts have undermined the confidence of employees.

She has every confidence in her students' abilities.

—see also vote of confidence , vote of no confidence

BELIEF IN YOURSELF

2.

[ U ] a belief in your own ability to do things and be successful :

He answered the questions with confidence .

People often lose confidence when they are criticized.

He gained confidence when he went to college.

She suffers from a lack of confidence .

While girls lack confidence , boys often overestimate their abilities.

I didn't have any confidence in myself at school.

FEELING CERTAIN

3.

[ U ] the feeling that you are certain about sth :

They could not say with confidence that he would be able to walk again after the accident.

He expressed his confidence that they would win.

TRUST

4.

[ U ] a feeling of trust that sb will keep information private :

Eva told me about their relationship in confidence .

This is in the strictest confidence .

It took a long time to gain her confidence (= make her feel she could trust me) .

A SECRET

5.

[ C ] ( formal ) a secret that you tell sb :

The girls exchanged confidences.

I could never forgive Mike for betraying a confidence.

IDIOMS

- be in sb's confidence

- take sb into your confidence

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Latin confidentia , from confidere have full trust, from con- (expressing intensive force) + fidere trust.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.