|v. t.||1.||To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt.|
|2.||To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.|
Whosoever, therefore, shall confess me before men, him will I confess, also, before my Father which is in heaven.
|3.||To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.|
As I confess it needs must be.
|4.||(Eccl.) To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; - sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.|
|5.||To hear or receive such confession; - said of a priest.|
|5.||To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest.|
|v. i.||1.||To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience.|
|2.||To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.|
|Verb||1.||confess - confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure|
|2.||confess - admit, make a clean breast of; "She confessed that she had taken the money"|
|3.||confess - confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith|