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con·fess  audio  (kn-fs) KEY 

VERB:
con·fessed, con·fess·ing, con·fess·es
VERB:
tr.
  1. To disclose (something damaging or inconvenient to oneself); admit. See Synonyms at acknowledge.
  2. To acknowledge belief or faith in; profess.
    1. To make known (one's sins) to God or to a priest.
    2. To hear the confession of (a penitent).
VERB:
intr.
  1. To admit or acknowledge something damaging or inconvenient to oneself: The suspect confessed to the crime.
    1. To disclose one's sins to a priest.
    2. To listen to a confession.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English confessen, from Old French confesser, from Vulgar Latin *cnfessre, from Latin cnfitr, cnfess- : com-, intensive pref. ; see com- + fatr, to admit; see bh-2 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
con·fessa·ble(Adjective), con·fessed·ly  (-d-l) KEY (Adverb)


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