Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “confidence”

confidence

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈkɒnfɪdəns/
a feeling that you can trust someone or something to work well or behave as you expect: The index fell 3.1% as investors lost confidence in bank shares.have confidence in sb/sth "I have the utmost confidence in him, and know he will lead this franchise to continued success and growth," West said. Leitch warns that the insurance industry must raise standards to win back the confidence of investors.
a feeling that an economic situation will improve: Business confidence has plunged and home sales have collapsed.destroy/restore confidence Yesterday's announcement is a timely and important step toward restoring global economic confidence.
the quality of being certain of your own ability to do things well: Our latest recruit is very intelligent but lacking in confidence.boost/shatter/shake sb's confidence One aim of the appraisal meetings is to boost the confidence of your team members.
in confidence if you tell someone something in confidence, it is with the agreement that they will not tell anyone else: Insiders are barred from using significant business information that they have received in confidence.
→ See also breach of confidence, consumer confidence, vote of confidence, vote of no confidence
(Definition of confidence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of confidence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “confidence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

maiden

a girl or young woman

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More