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English definition of “confidence”

confidence

noun uk   /ˈkɒn.fɪ.dəns/ us    /ˈkɑːn-/

confidence noun (CERTAINTY)

B2 [U] the quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future: [+ to infinitive] He's got the confidence to walk into a room of strangers and immediately start a conversation. She's completely lacking in confidence. I have every/complete confidence in her. She'll be perfect for the job. [+ that] I don't share your confidence that the market will improve next year.

confidence noun (SECRET)

[C] a secret that you tell someone: They talked endlessly, exchanging confidences. in confidence C2 If you tell something to someone in confidence, you do not want them to tell anyone else. take sb into your confidence to share your secrets with someone, trusting them not to tell other people: I should never have taken him into my confidence.
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