US: /kənˈfɛs/
UK: /kənfˈɛs/

English Vietnamese dictionary

confess /kən'fes/
  • động từ
    • thú tội, thú nhận
      • to confess one's fault: nhận lỗi
      • to confess to having done a fault: thu nhận có phạm lỗi
    • (tôn giáo) xưng tội; nghe xưng tội

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 ~ (to sth / to doing sth) to admit, especially formally or to the police, that you have done sth wrong or illegal: [V] She confessed to the murder. + After hours of questioning, the suspect confessed. + [V (that)] He confessed that he had stolen the money. + [VN] We persuaded her to confess her crime.
2 ~ (to sth / to doing sth) to admit sth that you feel ashamed or embarrassed about: [VN] She was reluctant to confess her ignorance. + [V] I must confess to knowing nothing about computers. + [VN-ADJ] (formal) I confess myself bewildered by their explanation. [also V (that), V speech]
3 [V, VN] ~ (sth) (to sb) (especially in the Roman Catholic Church) to tell God or a priest about the bad things you have done so that you can say that you are sorry and be forgiven
4 [VN] (of a priest) to hear sb confess their SINS (= the bad things they have done)

Thesaurus dictionary

disclose, acknowledge, admit, own (up or to or up to), declare, avow, make a clean breast (of); reveal, divulge, confirm, concede, affirm, aver, testify; disbosom oneself, Colloq come clean:
She confessed her part in the swindle. Confronted with the evidence, he confessed.

Collocation dictionary


freely, openly | allegedly | ruefully, sheepishly


have to, must
I must confess that I didn't have much faith in her ideas.


He was arrested and confessed to the murder. She confessed to me that she had known his true identity for some time.

Concise English dictionary

+confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
+admit, make a clean breast of
+confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith