Definition of confidence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒnfɪdəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːnfɪdəns//
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    belief in others
  1. 1  [uncountable] confidence (in somebody/something) the feeling that you can trust, believe in and be sure about the abilities or good qualities of somebody/something The players all have confidence in their manager. A fall in unemployment will help to restore consumer confidence. a lack of confidence in the government The new contracts have undermined the confidence of employees. She has every confidence in her students' abilities. see also consumer confidence, vote of confidence, vote of no confidence
  2. belief in yourself
  3. 2  [uncountable] a belief in your own ability to do things and be successful He answered the questions with confidence. People often lose confidence when they are criticized. He gained confidence when he went to college. She suffers from a lack of confidence. While girls lack confidence, boys often overestimate their abilities. I didn't have any confidence in myself at school. See related entries: Confident
  4. feeling certain
  5. 3  [uncountable] the feeling that you are certain about something They could not say with confidence that he would be able to walk again after the accident. No one can predict with complete/total confidence what will happen in the financial markets. He expressed his confidence that they would win.
  6. trust
  7. 4[uncountable] a feeling of trust that somebody will keep information private Eva told me about their relationship in confidence. This is in the strictest confidence. It took a long time to gain her confidence (= make her feel she could trust me).
  8. a secret
  9. 5[countable] (formal) a secret that you tell somebody The girls exchanged confidences. I could never forgive Mike for betraying a confidence.
  10. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin confidentia, from confidere ‘have full trust’, from con- (expressing intensive force) + fidere ‘trust’.Extra examples A lot of children are lacking in confidence. All his false confidence had drained away. Are we to place confidence in a man who cannot remember a phone call he made last week? As the weeks went by he grew in confidence. Can you keep a confidence? Confidence has returned to the market. Confidence is high among the team’s supporters. During his illness he really lost his confidence. Enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Failing his exams really dented his confidence. Generally there is low public confidence in government institutions. Getting the certificate does a lot in terms of confidence building. He expressed confidence in the new plans. He’s really striking the ball well and has got his confidence back. Higher profits should raise business confidence. I lacked confidence about how I looked. I really can’t talk about this—she told me in confidence. My confidence went completely after my first major defeat. Only if the chairperson resigns will we be able to restore the confidence of our members. Only one bank scandal is needed to shake the confidence in the financial markets. Security institutions have to have the confidence of all communities. She answered the question with confidence. She didn’t encourage confidences. She gave an outward appearance of quiet confidence. She has very little confidence in her own abilities. She promised not to break his confidence. She spoke in a tone of easy confidence. She thought she might take Leo into her confidence. She told me in confidence—I couldn’t break that confidence, could I? She wished that she shared his confidence. She’s gained a lot of confidence over the last year. Since she got the new job, she’s been brimming with confidence. Telling other people what I’d said was a total breach of confidence. The Cabinet must enjoy the confidence of Parliament. The captain of the football team said he had every confidence in his men. The captain was not lacking in confidence about his team’s prospects. The company needs the full confidence of its investors. The company’s record does not really inspire confidence. The general’s confidence in his army proved misplaced. The girls exchanged whispered confidences. The government lost a confidence vote. The home side badly need a confidence booster. The training is designed to give staff confidence in managing problems. Their confidence grew with each success. There is a crisis of confidence in the university about its future role. They are gradually instilling confidence in their staff. They have no confidence in the legal system. This government has lost the confidence of the public. This government no longer enjoys the confidence of the public. This is a tremendous vote of confidence for the government. We all have complete confidence in this product. Winning the competition really boosted her confidence. a loss of confidence among investors a man who exudes confidence an effort to renew investor confidence in corporate America an environment which builds mutual confidence efforts to build confidence between employers and unions his confidence in himself public confidence in the government to instil confidence in staff who feel nervous about taking on new roles to maintain public confidence in the system of justice He answered the questions with confidence. She suffers from a lack of confidence. The survey revealed a lack of confidence in the government. Women often lose confidence when they stop work to have a baby.Idioms
    be in somebody’s confidence
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    to be trusted with somebody’s secrets He is said to be very much in the President's confidence.
    take somebody into your confidence
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    to tell somebody secrets and personal information about yourself She took me into her confidence and told me about the problems she was facing.
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