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She confided in her parents.
  tell with the understanding that what is told will be kept secret
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confide confided confides confiding
Strongly Associated with:   confidant
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  • She confided in her parents.
  • She confided in me. I won’t repeat what was said.
  • Samson should not have confided in his mistress Delilah.
  • Then she said to him, "How can you say, ’I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength."
    Judges 16:15 (NIV)

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  •   ’I see,’ he said, ’you trust your children, and confide in them.’
      ’Of course,’ said Mother.
      ’Then I may tell them our little arrangement,’ he said. ’Your Mother, my dears, has consented to give up writing for a little while and to become a Matron of my Hospital.’
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • "The girls are having such fun," she heard her mother confide to Mrs. Fanning.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • It had been here, in this very room, that Dumbledore had told him that he was to confide the contents of their lessons to nobody but Ron and Hermione.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • First promise me—give me your word—that what I now confide in you Thea shall never know.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • "Hel " I think to ask her what’s wrong again, hoping that all this talk of sticking together will make her want to confide in me.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Confiding in Rahel hadn’t helped.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • Don’t press him about his new attitude—know that he will confide in you when the time comes, and in the meantime, shower him with affection so he feels secure and loved, because that’s how this marriage thing works.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Luke had confided in her, and she wouldn’t violate his trust.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I wasn’t sure how Erik managed to make me want to confide this in him.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Pop seemed entertained by my relish and leaned over to confide: "I use extra spices."
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • She took a beat to compose herself, then summoned me over to confide that she was leaving in a week to work at a "real law office."
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • There was nothing like having a close girlfriend to confide in, and though there were nurses in the office, her status as a physician assistant seemed to set her apart.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • And when she was even more comfortable with me, she confided how odd a recognition it was for her, at least at first, to find herself deeply attracted to an Oriental man.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • In a moment of weakness, Clarke had confided a secret that wasn’t hers to share.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Why could you not have confided in me?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Irene had once confided to Rusty she’d had the opportunity, when she was young, to marry into the family who’d started Volupte.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "I just feel it in my bones," she confided, "that something wonderful is going to happen tonight at the corn husking."
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "You shouldn’t be sorry," she said, not wanting to speak about the horrors that she’d seen, or of Kaltain’s treachery, or what Nehemia had confided in her.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "I usually use one at a time," he confided, as all but the smiling one disappeared again.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • I began to confide in him.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Soon, Mama was confiding in Carmen, telling her all that had happened with Papa and Tio Luis.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • When we were alone, she confided her secrets to me: the boy she had passionately loved for the past year and the things she had done to attract his attention (with no success, I might add) ; the secrets of the girls she couldn’t stand as well as those she could; and even a tidbit or two about her elder brothers’ romantic adventures.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "Nasal drip," Denton Deere whispered, confiding the latest diagnosis to his partner.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Evidently Denny was having one of his unexpectedly confiding moments.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Tell me, would Reynolds have confided in her the same concerns he did to you?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • "What you really want," he confided, "is a thermocouple with a cold junction compensator."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • A boy named Prophet gave the only variation of the theme when he confided to the class with a grin that "I help poppa fick the poppa hog."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Katrien," as the family had rechristened her, was posing as the von Woerden’s housemaid—although Nollie confided to me that she had yet so much as to make her own bed.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I wanted to be more than that—I wanted him to trust me and confide in me.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • She had become like a relative to him, he confided, and he wouldn’t charge her a penny.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This time her voice is confiding, as if she’s talking about something intimate that only she and I know about and agree on.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • She thought about something Hazel had confided to her a few nights ago: I think Jason is the linchpin to Hera’s whole scheme.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I wanted to confide in Vee, but I didn’t want to sound crazy, either.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • For a young man on the run, with unknown enemies, Jamie had been remarkably confiding to a stranger.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Not that he was a gossip," he added hastily, "Welty was very discreet, buttoned up to here, but people confided in him, he was that sort, you know?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • My sister didn’t exactly confide in me.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • He confides in her the commitment he has made to Amra and Roshi.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It would be stupid to confide your entire plan to one person.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • The next morning, she confides in her daughter, Karla Yamileth Chavez.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • There are still three people I might confide in, starting with Cinna, my stylist.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He’s far away, but even if he were beside me, could I confide in him?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It is sometimes said that we slaves do not love and confide in each other.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Far from baiting him, Ender Wiggin was actually confiding in him.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I confided in Alex yesterday and the sky didn’t fall.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • They’re so confiding and mullet-headed they don’t take notice of nothing at all.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • "I could have sneaked a look at the list prior to the ceremony," Father confided.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
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