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Meaning of “confidence” in the English Dictionary

"confidence" in British English

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confidencenoun

uk   /ˈkɒn.fɪ.dəns/  us   /ˈkɑːn-/

confidence noun (CERTAINTY)

B2 [U] the ​quality of being ​certain of ​yourabilities or of having ​trust in ​people, ​plans, or the ​future: [+ to infinitive] He has the confidence to ​walk into a ​room of ​strangers and ​immediatelystart a ​conversation. She's ​completelylacking in confidence. I have every/​complete confidence in her. She'll be ​perfect for the ​job. [+ that] I don't ​shareyour confidence that the ​market will ​improve next ​year.
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confidence noun (SECRET)

[C] a ​secret that you ​tell someone: They ​talkedendlessly, 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 ​shareyoursecrets with someone, ​trusting them not to ​tell other ​people: I should never have taken him into my confidence.
(Definition of confidence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"confidence" in American English

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confidencenoun

 us   /ˈkɑn·fə·dəns, -ˌdens/

confidence noun (SURE FEELING)

[U] a ​feeling of having little ​doubt about yourself and ​yourabilities, or a ​feeling of ​trust in someone or something: He has a ​sense of confidence, ​evenarrogance, about what he does. Consumers’ confidence in the ​economy is ​strong. Her ​colleagueslost confidence in her.

confidence noun (SECRET)

[C/U] a ​secret, or a ​feeling of ​trust that a ​secret will be ​kept: [C] They ​exchanged confidences like ​oldfriends. [U] I’m ​telling you this in confidence.
(Definition of confidence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"confidence" in Business English

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confidencenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈkɒnfɪdəns/
a ​feeling that you can ​trust someone or something to ​work well or ​behave as you expect: The ​indexfell 3.1% as ​investors lost confidence in ​bankshares.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 ​insuranceindustry must ​raisestandards to ​win back the confidence of ​investors.
a ​feeling that an ​economicsituation will ​improve: Business confidence has ​plunged and ​homesales have ​collapsed.destroy/restore confidence Yesterday's announcement is a timely and important ​step toward ​restoringglobal 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 ​appraisalmeetings is to ​boost the confidence of your ​teammembers.
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 ​businessinformation that they have received in confidence.
(Definition of confidence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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