Confidence /ˈkɑːnfədəns/ noun



1 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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