confess to/that

confess to/that
admit to a crime or wrongdoing.

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  • confess — verb 1》 (often confess to/that) admit to a crime or wrongdoing.     ↘acknowledge reluctantly: I must confess that I was surprised. 2》 declare one s sins formally to a priest.     ↘(of a priest) hear the confession of. Origin ME: from OFr.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • Confess — Con*fess , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Confessed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Confessing}.] [F. confesser, fr. L. confessus, p. p. of confiteri to confess; con + fateri to confess; akin to fari to speak. See 2d {Ban}, {Fame}.] 1. To make acknowledgment or avowal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confess — con·fess /kən fes/ vt: to admit (as a charge or allegation) as true, proven, or valid unless you answer, the petition shall be taken as confessed vi: to make a confession con·fes·sor /kən fe sər/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …   Law dictionary

  • confess, admit — Confess means to declare, own, or admit as true and is closely related in meaning to grant and concede. When one confesses some crime or wrongdoing, he admits it and also accepts responsibility for the soundness of that admission. I confess that… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • confess vs confuse —   Confess is a verb. It is used when someone admits or states that they have committed a crime or are at fault in some way.   For example: She refused to confess to something she had not done.   Confuse is a verb. It is used when someone causes… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • confess vs confuse —   Confess is a verb. It is used when someone admits or states that they have committed a crime or are at fault in some way.   For example: She refused to confess to something she had not done.   Confuse is a verb. It is used when someone causes… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • Confess (song) — Confess is a popular song written by Bennie Benjamin and George David Weiss. The song figures in the early careers of two important female singers: In 1947, Doris Day was making a transition from a Big band singer, most recently with Les Brown,… …   Wikipedia

  • confess */*/ — UK [kənˈfes] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms confess : present tense I/you/we/they confess he/she/it confesses present participle confessing past tense confessed past participle confessed 1) a) to admit that you have committed a… …   English dictionary

  • confess — con|fess [ kən fes ] verb intransitive or transitive ** 1. ) to admit that you have committed a crime: After three hours of interrogation, he confessed everything. confess to someone: Eventually he confessed to the police. confess to (doing)… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • confess — verb (I, T) 1 to admit that you have done something wrong or illegal, especially to the police: After three hours of questioning the suspect broke down and confessed. | confess to doing sth: Edwards confessed to being a spy for the KGB. | confess …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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