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verb [intransitive/transitive] confess pronunciation in British English /kənˈfes/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyconfess
he/she/itconfesses
present participleconfessing
past tenseconfessed
past participleconfessed

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  1. 1
    to admit that you have committed a crime
    After three hours of interrogation, he confessed everything.
    confess to someone: Eventually he confessed to the police.
    confess to (doing) something: Simpson has confessed to taking the money.
    confess (that): He later confessed that he had been involved in the attack.
    1. a.
      to admit that you have done something wrong
      He confessed to Sarah that he had been seeing another woman.
  2. 2
    to admit something about yourself that you would not normally tell people because you are embarrassed about it or they could be disappointed by it
    I had to confess my ignorance when they asked me to operate the truck.
    confess (that): He confessed he did not understand financial matters at all.
    confess to someone that: Years later Luke confessed to friends that he really fancied me.
    confess to doing something: Nick confessed to being a secret opera fan.

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