Meaning of CONFIDENCE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kɒnfɪdəns ]

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you have confidence in someone, you feel that you can trust them.

I have every confidence in you...

This has contributed to the lack of confidence in the police...

His record on ceasefires inspires no confidence.

= faith

N-UNCOUNT : usu N in n


If you have confidence , you feel sure about your abilities, qualities, or ideas.

The band is on excellent form and brimming with confidence...

I always thought the worst of myself and had no confidence whatsoever.



If you can say something with confidence , you feel certain it is correct.

I can say with confidence that such rumors were totally groundless.

N-UNCOUNT : usu with N


If you tell someone something in confidence , you tell them a secret.

We told you all these things in confidence...

Even telling Lois seemed a betrayal of confidence.

N-UNCOUNT : usu in N

If you take someone into your confidence , you tell them a secret.

If your daughter takes you into her confidence, don’t rush off to tell your husband.

PHRASE : V inflects


see also vote of no confidence

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