confident


confident
con|fi|dent
W3S2 [ˈkɔnfıdənt US ˈka:n-] adj
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of confidere; CONFIDE]
1.) [not before noun]
sure that something will happen in the way that you want or expect
confident (that)
We are confident next year's profits will be higher.
He is quietly confident that there will be no problems this time.
confident of
The Prime Minister appeared relaxed and confident of winning an overall majority.
The company is confident of success .
confident about
I feel quite confident about the future.
2.) sure that you have the ability to do things well or deal with situations successfully
Despite her disability, Philippa is very confident.
confident about
I feel much more confident about myself and my abilities these days.
confident smile/voice/manner etc
He began to read in a calm, confident voice.
3.) sure that something is true
confident (that)
We are confident we have done nothing wrong.
He began to feel confident that Zaborski was only guessing.
It is not possible to give a confident answer to the question whether the delay was unreasonable.
>confidently adv
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HINT
Do not confuse with the noun confidant (=someone you tell secrets or personal things to).
WORD FOCUS: confident
confident about your abilities: confident, self-confident, sure of yourself, assured, poised
too confident: overconfident, cocky, brash
not confident: lack confidence, be insecure, be unsure of yourself
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • confident — confident, ente [ kɔ̃fidɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] n. • av. 1630; it. confidente, lat. confidens « confiant » 1 ♦ Personne qui reçoit les plus secrètes pensées de qqn. Mon ami et mon confident. Être le confident des secrets, des projets de qqn. Un confident… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • confident — CONFIDÉNT, Ă, confidenţi, te, s.m. şi f. Persoană căreia i se fac confidenţe; p. ext. prieten. – Din fr. confident, lat. confidens, ntis. Trimis de Joseph, 22.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  CONFIDÉNT s. 1. intim, (înv.) tainic. (confident al domni… …   Dicționar Român

  • confident — confident, ente (kon fi dant, dan t ) s. m. et f. 1°   Celui, celle à qui l on fait la confidence de ses secrets, de ses pensées intimes. •   Apprends, ma confidente, apprends à me connaître, CORN. Rodog. II, 2. •   Je te fis après lui mon plus… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • confident — CONFIDENT, ENTE. sub. Celui, celle à qui l on confie ses plus secrètes pensées. C est son confident. C est sa confidente. Il étoit le confident de toute l intrigue. Il fut trahi par son confident. Confident discret. Sa plus chère confidente. On… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • confident — confident, assured, sanguine, sure, presumptuous arecomparable as applied to a person or to his temperament, looks, manner, acts, or utterances with the meaning not inhibited by doubts, fears, or a sense of inferiority. Confident may imply a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • confident — Confident, [confid]ente. s. Celuy à qui l on confie ses plus secrettes pensées. C est son confident. c est sa confidente. il estoit le confident de toute l intrigue. il fut trahi par son confident. confident discret, sa plus chere confidente …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • confident — [kän′fə dənt] adj. 1. full of confidence; specif., a) assured; certain [confident of victory] b) sure of oneself; self confident; bold [a confident manner] 2. Obs. trustful; confiding n. CONFIDANT SYN. SURE …   English World dictionary

  • confident — (adj.) 1570s, self reliant, sure of oneself, from M.Fr. confident, from L. confidentem (nom. confidens) firmly trusting, reliant, self confident, bold, daring, prp. of confidere (see CONFIDENCE (Cf. confidence)). Related: Confidently …   Etymology dictionary

  • Confident — Con fi*dent, n. See {Confidant}. South. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confident — index assertive, categorical, certain (fixed), certain (positive), definite, dogmatic, indubious …   Law dictionary

  • confident — [adj1] certain, assured bet on*, bold, brave, cocksure, convinced, counting on, courageous, dauntless, depending on, expectant, expecting, fearless, having faith in, high*, hopeful, intrepid, positive, presuming, presumptuous, puffed up*, pushy,… …   New thesaurus


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