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confessverb [I or T]

uk   /kənˈfes/ us   /kənˈfes/
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 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 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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confessverb [I/T]

us   /kənˈfes/
to admit that you have done something wrong, or to admit unwillingly 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 Christian religions, esp. the Roman Catholic Church, to confess is to tell God or a priest what you have done wrong so God will forgive you.
(Definition of confess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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