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noun     confidence pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the belief that you are able to do things well
    have confidence:

    He’s a nice boy, but he doesn’t have much confidence.

    confidence in:

    You should have more confidence in your own abilities.

    give someone confidence:

    Motherhood gave her confidence.

    gain/lose confidence:

    The more he fails, the more he loses confidence in his abilities.

    lack the confidence to do something:

    He would lack the confidence to find a job elsewhere.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the belief that someone or something is good and that you can trust them
    confidence in:

    Public confidence in the police is at an all-time low.

    have confidence:

    I have complete confidence in our chairman.

    lose confidence:

    Many businesses have lost confidence in the government’s ability to handle the economy.

    restore confidence:

    We must work to restore local confidence in the school.

    As has already been suggested, their record does not inspire confidence.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] if you have confidence that something is true, you feel certain that it is true
    have confidence in:

    I have complete confidence in these statistics.

    with confidence:

    I can say with confidence that all our targets have now been met.

    confidence that:

    He expressed his confidence that the project would be a success.

  4. 4
    [countable] a secret that you tell someone
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