confess

  • 1 Confess — Con*fess , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri to confess; con + fateri to confess; akin to fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.] 1. To make acknowledgment or avowal… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 confess — con·fess /kən fes/ vt: to admit (as a charge or allegation) as true, proven, or valid unless you answer, the petition shall be taken as confessed vi: to make a confession con·fes·sor /kən fe sər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Confess — Con*fess , v. i. 1. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience. [1913 Webster] Every tongue shall confess to God. Rom. xiv. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede. [1913 Webster] But since… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 confess — [kən fes′] vt. [ME confessen < OFr confesser < ML(Ec) * confessare < L confessus, pp. of confiteri, to acknowledge, confess < com , together + fateri, to acknowledge; akin to fari, to speak: see FAME] 1. a) to admit (a fault or crime) …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 confess — late 14c., from O.Fr. confesser (trans. and intrans.), from V.L. *confessare, from L. confess , pp. stem of confiteri to acknowledge, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + fateri to admit, akin to fari speak (see FAME …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 confess to — To admit, acknowledge • • • Main Entry: ↑confess …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 7 confess — avow, *acknowledge, admit, own Analogous words: *grant, concede, allow: disclose, divulge, *reveal, discover: *declare, proclaim, publish Antonyms: renounce (one s beliefs, principles) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 confess — [v] admit, confirm acknowledge, affirm, allow, assert, attest, aver, avow, blow, blurt out, chirp, clue in, come clean*, come out, concede, confide, declare, disclose, divulge, dump on*, evince, finger*, fink*, grant, humble oneself, leak*, let… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 confess — ► VERB 1) admit to a crime or wrongdoing. 2) acknowledge reluctantly. 3) declare one s sins formally to a priest. 4) (of a priest) hear the confession of. ORIGIN Old French confesser, from Latin confiteri acknowledge …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 confess */*/ — UK [kənˈfes] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms confess : present tense I/you/we/they confess he/she/it confesses present participle confessing past tense confessed past participle confessed 1) a) to admit that you have committed a… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 confess — con|fess [kənˈfes] v [I and T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: confesser, from Latin confiteri to confess , from com ( COM ) + fateri to confess ] 1.) to admit, especially to the police, that you have done something wrong or illegal… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 confess — con|fess [ kən fes ] verb intransitive or transitive ** 1. ) to admit that you have committed a crime: After three hours of interrogation, he confessed everything. confess to someone: Eventually he confessed to the police. confess to (doing)… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 confess — verb (I, T) 1 to admit that you have done something wrong or illegal, especially to the police: After three hours of questioning the suspect broke down and confessed. | confess to doing sth: Edwards confessed to being a spy for the KGB. | confess …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 confess — v. 1) to confess frankly, honestly; willingly 2) (B) he confessed his crime to the police 3) (D; intr.) to confess to (to confess to a crime; to confess to the police; he confessed to cheating on the exam) 4) (L; to) he confessed (to us) that he… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 confess — [[t]kənfe̱s[/t]] confesses, confessing, confessed 1) VERB If someone confesses to doing something wrong, they admit that they did it. [V to n/ ing] He had confessed to seventeen murders... [V to n/ ing] Her husband confessed to having had an… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 confess — /kənˈfɛs / (say kuhn fes) verb (t) 1. to acknowledge or avow: to confess a secret; to confess a fault; to confess a crime; to confess a debt. 2. to admit the truth or validity of; own: I must confess that I haven t read it. 3. to acknowledge one… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 confess — 01. The accused [confessed] to police that he murdered his business partner. 02. I have to [confess] that I wasn t really sick yesterday; I just didn t want to come into work. 03. The suspect s [confession] was admitted as evidence in court. 04.… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 confess — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French confesser, from confés having confessed, from Latin confessus, past participle of confitēri to confess, from com + fatēri to confess; akin to Latin fari to speak more at ban Date: 14th century… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 confess — confessable, adj. confessingly, adv. /keuhn fes /, v.t. 1. to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, weakness, etc.) by way of revelation. 2. to own or admit as true: I must confess that I haven t read the book. 3. to declare or… …

    Universalium

  • 20 confess — verb ADVERB ▪ freely, openly, publicly, readily ▪ allegedly VERB + CONFESS ▪ have to, must …

    Collocations dictionary


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