Confidence - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈkɑːnfɪdəns|  American pronunciation of the word confidence
Brit.  |ˈkɒnfɪd(ə)ns|  British pronunciation of the word confidence


- freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities (syn: assurance, authority, self-assurance, self-confidence)
after that failure he lost his confidence
- a feeling of trust (in someone or something)
I have confidence in our team
confidence is always borrowed, never owned
- a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable
public confidence in the economy
- a trustful relationship (syn: trust)
he took me into his confidence
- a secret that is confided or entrusted to another
everyone trusted him with their confidences
the priest could not reveal her confidences

Extra examples

The class gave me more confidence.

He lacked the confidence to succeed.

The experience gave her the confidence to start her own business.

Good grades boosted her confidence.

It takes time to build confidence when you are learning a new skill.

They have an air of confidence about them.

She has done little to gain their confidence.

School officials express confidence that the problem will soon be resolved.

He had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed.

Our first priority is to maintain the customer's confidence in our product.

The survey reveals a lack of confidence in the police.

She had complete confidence in the doctors.

Opinion polls show that voters have lost confidence in the administration.

The Bank immediately took action to restore confidence.

Miscarriages of justice undermined confidence in our legal system.

Word forms

singular: confidence
plural: confidences
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