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confess

verb [I or T] uk   /kənˈfes/ us  
B2 to admit that you have done something wrong or something that you feel guilty or bad about: [+ that] She confessed to her husband that she had sold her wedding ring. He confessed to sleeping/having slept through most of the film. He has confessed to the murder. [+ (that)] I have to confess (that) when I first met Ian I didn't think he was very bright. I found it all very confusing, I must confess. in the Christian religion, especially the Roman Catholic Church, to tell God or a priest what you have done wrong so that you can be forgiven: to confess your sins
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