Definitions for confesskənˈfɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to acknowledge or avow (a fault, crime, misdeed, or weakness) by way of revelation.

  2. to own or admit as true; concede:

    I must confess that I haven't read it.

  3. to declare or acknowledge (one's sins), esp. to God or a priest.

    Category: Religion

  4. (of a priest) to hear the confession of (a person).

    Category: Religion

  5. to acknowledge one's belief or faith in; declare adherence to.

  6. to reveal by circumstances.

  7. (v.i.)to make confession; plead guilty; own:

    to confess to a crime.

  8. to make confession of sins, esp. to a priest.

    Category: Religion

  9. (of a priest) to hear confession.

    Category: Religion

* Syn: See acknowledge.

Origin of confess:

1300–50; ME < AF, OF confesser < ML confessāre, v. der. of L confessus, ptp. of confitērī to admit, confess


Princeton's WordNet

  1. confess, squeal, fink(verb)

    confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure

  2. concede, profess, confess(verb)

    admit (to a wrongdoing)

    "She confessed that she had taken the money"

  3. confess(verb)

    confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. confess(verb)ənˈfɛs

    to admit doing sth wrong or illegal

    Jenny confessed that she'd stolen it.; to confess to murder

  2. confessənˈfɛs

    to admit unwillingly

    She confessed that she's in love.

  3. confessənˈfɛs

    to tell a priest your sins

    ***to confess your sins


  1. confess(Verb)

    To admit to the truth, particularly in the context of sins or crimes committed

  2. confess(Verb)

    To disclose or reveal

    People confess to anything under torture.

  3. Origin: From confessen, from confesser, from confesser, from confessāre, a derivative of confessus ( confes), past participle of confitērī "to confess, admit" from con- + fateri. Displaced andetten "to confess, admit" (from andettan).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confess(verb)

    to make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt

  2. Confess(verb)

    to acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in

  3. Confess(verb)

    to admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment

  4. Confess(verb)

    to make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun

  5. Confess(verb)

    to hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest

  6. Confess(verb)

    to disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest

  7. Confess(verb)

    to make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience

  8. Confess(verb)

    to acknowledge; to admit; to concede


  1. Confess

    "Confess" is a popular song written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss. The song figures in the early careers of two important female singers: ⁕In 1947, Doris Day was making a transition from a Big band singer, most recently with Les Brown, to a solo vocalist. Her first major record away from the band was a duet with Buddy Clark, with this song on one side and "Love Somebody" on the other. The record became a two-sided hit, the first two of a string of hits for Day that made her one of the top female singers in popular music. ⁕About the same time, Mercury Records was planning to record the song as a vehicle for Frankie Laine. They were persuaded instead to give the song to a young female singer, who had not, at the time, a single hit: Patti Page. Page's manager, Jack Rael, succeeded in getting Mercury to let her record the song, but because of a low budget, a second singer could not be hired, so Rael suggested that Page sing the second part as well. The novelty of her doing two voices on one record probably contributed to the song becoming a top 20 hit for her. This became not only the first of many hits for Patti Page, but the first song on which a singer did more than one track. For Patti Page, multi-tracking became a trademark of her style, while others, such as Les Paul and Mary Ford, as well as Jane Turzy, took up this practice too.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confess' in Verbs Frequency: #821

Translations for confess

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make known that one is guilty, wrong etc; to admit

He confessed (to the crime); He confessed that he had broken the vase; It was stupid of me, I confess.

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