Meaning of “confidence” in the English Dictionary

"confidence" in British English

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confidencenoun

uk /ˈkɒn.fɪ.dəns/ us /ˈkɑːn.fə.dəns/

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 has 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.

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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.

(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 your abilities, or a feeling of trust in someone or something:

He has a sense of confidence, even arrogance, about what he does.
Consumers’ confidence in the economy is strong.
Her colleagues lost 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 old friends.
[ 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 /ˈkɒnfɪdəns/ us

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.

(Definition of “confidence” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)