confess

When you confess, you admit to doing something wrong. You might feel guilty about eating the entire platter of chocolate chip cookies and confess to your mom before she notices. If she presses charges, you would confess to the cookie crime.

Confess can be used to describe admitting to committing a crime. If you watch crime shows on TV, you've likely seen detectives trying to get a suspect to confess. Confess can also be used in a religious context. Catholics confess their sins to a priest on a regular basis. Don't confuse the word confess with apology. An apology involves expressing regret about something. When you confess, you're merely owning up to doing it — you might not be sorry.

Definitions of confess
  1. verb
    admit (to a wrongdoing)
    “She confessed that she had taken the money”
    synonyms: concede, profess
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    types:
    fess up, make a clean breast of, own up
    admit or acknowledge a wrongdoing or error
    type of:
    acknowledge, admit
    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
  2. verb
    confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
    synonyms: fink, squeal
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    type of:
    acknowledge, admit
    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
  3. verb
    confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
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    type of:
    acknowledge, admit
    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
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