[intransitive, transitive] to admit something that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about confess something She was reluctant to confess her ignorance. confess to something/to doing something I must confess to knowing nothing about computers. confess (that)… I confess (that) I know nothing about computers. + speech ‘I know nothing about them,’ he confessed. confess yourself + adj. (formal) I confess myself bewildered by their explanation.