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having strong belief; sure; certain; self-assured
Not to be confused with:
confidant – a friend to whom secrets are confided (fem. confidante)
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1. Feeling or showing certainty, as of success: was confident that the venture would be profitable.
2. Feeling or showing confidence in oneself; self-assured: a confident driver. See Synonyms at sure.
3. Obsolete Confiding; trustful.

[Latin cōnfīdēns, cōnfīdent-, present participle of cōnfīdere, to rely on; see confide.]

con′fi·dent·ly adv.
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1. (foll by: of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sure: confident of success.
2. sure of oneself; bold
3. presumptuous; excessively bold
[C16: from Latin confīdens trusting, having self-confidence, from confīdere to have complete trust in; see confide]
ˈconfidently adv
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(ˈkɒn fɪ dənt)

1. having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of success.
2. sure of oneself and one's abilities, correctness, or likelihood of success; self-confident; assured.
3. excessively bold.
4. Obs. trustful.
[1570–80; < Latin confīdent-, s. of confīdēns, present participle of confīdere]
con′fi•dent•ly, adv.
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1. 'confidant'

Confidant /'kɒnfɪdænt/ is a noun. A confidant is a person who you discuss your private problems and worries with. You use the spelling confidante when the person is a woman.

...Colonel House, a friend and confidant of President Woodrow Wilson.
She became her father's only confidante.
2. 'confident'

Confident /'kɒnfɪdənt/ is an adjective. If you are confident about something, you are certain that it will happen in the way you want.

He was confident that the problem with the guidance mechanism could be fixed.
I feel confident about the future of British music.

People who are confident are sure of their own abilities.

... a witty, young and confident lawyer.
His manner is more confident these days.


1. 'self-conscious'

Someone who is self-conscious is easily embarrassed and worries about what other people think of them.

I stood there, feeling self-conscious.
Patrick is self-conscious about his thinness.
2. 'confident'

If someone is sure of their own abilities, qualities, or ideas, you do not say that they are 'self-conscious'. You say that they are confident, self-confident, or self-assured.

...a witty, young and confident lawyer.
She was remarkably self-confident for her age.
His comments were firm and self-assured.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.confident - having or marked by confidence or assurance; "a confident speaker"; "a confident reply"; "his manner is more confident these days"; "confident of fulfillment"
shy, unsure, diffident, timid - lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
2.confident - persuaded of; very sure; "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join"; "I am positive he is lying"; "was confident he would win"
sure, certain - having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; "felt certain of success"; "was sure (or certain) she had seen it"; "was very sure in his beliefs"; "sure of her friends"
3.confident - not liable to error in judgment or action; "most surefooted of the statesmen who dealt with the depression"- Walter Lippman; "demonstrates a surefooted storytelling talent"- Michiko Kakutani
capable - (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability; "capable of winning"; "capable of hard work"; "capable of walking on two feet"
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1. certain, sure, convinced, positive, secure, satisfied, counting on I am confident that everything will come out right in time.
certain not sure, uncertain, doubtful, dubious, unsure, unconvinced
2. self-assured, positive, assured, bold, self-confident, self-reliant, self-possessed, sure of yourself, can-do (informal) In time he became more confident and relaxed.
self-assured shy, afraid, scared, nervous, unsure, tentative, insecure, hesitant, self-doubting, jittery, lacking confidence, mousy
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1. Having no doubt:
2. Having a firm belief in one's own powers:
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[ˈkɒnfɪdənt] ADJ [person] → seguro, seguro de sí mismo; [prediction] → hecho con seguridad, hecho con confianza; [performance, smile, reply, manner] → lleno de seguridad, lleno de confianza
to be confident thatestar seguro de que
to be confident of doing sthconfiar en hacer algo
he is confident of successconfía en obtener el éxito
to feel or be confident about sthtener confianza en algo
the prime minister is in confident moodel primer ministro está lleno de confianza
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈkɒnfɪdənt] adj
(= self-assured) [person] → sûr(e) de soi, assuré(e); [manner] → assuré(e)
She seems quite confident → Elle a l'air sûre d'elle.
(= certain) → sûr(e)
to be confident (that) ... → être sûr(e) que ...
I'm confident everything will be okay → Je suis sûr que tout ira bien.
to be confident of sth → être sûr(e) de qch
to be confident about sth → avoir confiance en qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= sure)überzeugt, zuversichtlich (→ of +gen); look etczuversichtlich; to be confident of success or succeedingvom Erfolg überzeugt sein, zuversichtlich or überzeugt sein, dass man gewinnt; to be/feel confident about somethingin Bezug auf etw zuversichtlich sein; it will happen — are you confident?es wird geschehen — sind Sie davon überzeugt or dessen sicher?; to be confident in somebody/somethingVertrauen zu jdm/etw haben, jdm/einer Sache vertrauen; confident in her loveihrer Liebe gewiss (geh)
(= self-assured)(selbst)sicher; to be in a confident moodsich seiner sicher fühlen
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[ˈkɒnfɪdnt] adjsicuro/a, fiducioso/a (also self-confident) → sicuro/a (di sé)
to be confident of doing sth/that → essere sicuro di fare qc/che
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(kənˈfaid) verb
to tell one's private thoughts to someone. He confided in his brother; He confided his fears to his brother.
confidence (ˈkonfidəns) noun
1. trust or belief in someone's ability. I have great confidence in you.
2. belief and faith in one's own ability. She shows a great deal of confidence for her age.
confident (ˈkonfidənt) adjective
having a great deal of trust (especially in oneself). She is confident that she will win; a confident boy.
confidential (konfiˈdenʃəl) adjective
1. secret; not to be told to others. confidential information.
2. trusted to keep secrets. a confidential secretary.
confidentiality (ˈkonfidenʃiˈӕləti) noun
ˌconfiˈdentially adverb
secretly; not wishing to have the information passed on to anyone else. She could not tell me what he said – he was speaking confidentially.
conˈfiding adjective
conˈfidingly adverb
in confidence
as a secret; confidentially. He told me the story in (strictest) confidence.
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