Confidence /ˈkɑːnfədəns/ noun
1 [uncountable] : a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something
- The class gave me more confidence.
- He lacked the confidence to succeed.
- The experience gave her the confidence to start her own business.
2 [uncountable] : a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something
- The candidate has won/lost the confidence [=trust] of voters.
- She has done little to gain/earn their confidence.
- They have complete/full confidence in their coach.
- His parents had confidence in their son’s ability to succeed.
3 [uncountable] : the feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true
- School officials express confidence that the problem will soon be resolved.
- We still can’t talk about the future with any degree of confidence. [=we don’t know what will happen in the future]
- We have every confidence [=we are sure] that you’ll make the right decision.
4 [uncountable] : a relationship in which you tell personal and private information to someone
- Doctors cannot betray the confidence of their patients. [=cannot reveal their patients’ personal information to other people]
- She accused him of a betrayal/breach of confidence.
- He told me in confidence that he didn’t know how to read.
- Your personal information will be kept in strict/strictest confidence. [=no one will be told your personal information]
Business Workshops – Gain confidence by speaking English!
Every Saturday starting the 4th of October we have English Business workshops (Intermédiaire Supérieur ou mieux). 2 hour sessions from as little as 8 € an hour! Each session involves discussion and simulation of real business dilemmas, situations and debates.
For more information see our courses page