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noun confidence pronunciation in British English /ˈkɒnfɪd(ə)ns/
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pluralconfidences
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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.

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