confess Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “confess” in the English Dictionary

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confessverb [I or T]

uk   us   /kənˈfes/
B2 to ​admit that you have done something ​wrong or something that you ​feelguilty or ​bad about: [+ that] She confessed to her ​husband that she had ​sold her ​weddingring. He confessed tosleeping/havingslept through most of the ​movie. He has confessed to the ​murder. [+ (that)] I have to confess (that) when I first ​met Reece I didn't ​think he was very ​bright. It was all very ​confusing, I must confess. in the ​Christianreligion, ​especially the ​RomanCatholic Church, to ​tellGod or a ​priest what you have done ​wrong so that you can be ​forgiven: to confess ​yoursins
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confessverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈfes/
to ​admit that you have done something ​wrong, or to ​admitunwillingly that something is ​true: [T] I’ve got something to confess – I confess that I ​ate the ​pie. [I] He confessed to the ​crime. In some ​Christianreligions, esp. the ​RomanCatholicChurch, to confess is to ​tellGod or a ​priest what you have done ​wrong so ​God will ​forgive you.
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