confess to

confess something to someone

 and confess to someone
to admit something to someone; to admit having done something to someone. Tom confessed his involvement to the boss. Max confessed to the police.

confess to something

to admit having done something. He will not confess to the crime. In the end, Max confessed to it.

confess to

v.
1. To admit to doing something: The kids confessed to eating all the ice cream. I will not confess to a crime I did not commit!
2. To admit something to someone: The thief confessed the crime to the police.
References in classic literature ?
You confess to having seen the ram which Beelzebub causes to appear in the clouds to call together the witches' sabbath, and which is beheld by socerers alone?
You confess to having adored the heads of Bophomet, those abominable idols of the Templars?
Lastly, you avow and confess to having, with the aid of the demon, and of the phantom vulgarly known as the surly monk, on the night of the twenty-ninth of March last, murdered and assassinated a captain named Phoebus de Châteaupers?
Of course, it wasn't right for you to confess to a thing you hadn't done--it was very wrong to do so.
He is, moreover, aware that she DOES disapprove the connection, he dares not therefore at present confess to her his engagement with Marianne, and he feels himself obliged, from his dependent situation, to give into her schemes, and absent himself from Devonshire for a while.
Can you pity my weakness if I confess to having felt a pang at my heart when I read that part of your letter which calls Frank a coward and a villain?
She is now fifty years old (she confesses to thirty-seven), and her daughters, whom she has never been able to marry, are respectively twenty-seven and twenty-three(they confess to twenty and to seventeen).
One thing he did with more sincerity confess to was that living so long in Moscow, a life of nothing but conversation, eating and drinking, he was degenerating.
He wished to confess to the officer, and upon his refusal, uttered such pitiable cries that the officer told him that if he continued to deafen him thus, he should put a gag in his mouth.
she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.
I must confess to you, count," said Danglars, "that I have hitherto imagined myself acquainted with the degree of all the great fortunes of Europe, and still wealth such as yours has been wholly unknown to me.
Critics lambasted the Uruguayan earlier this month for his failure to confess to a handball that ultimately saw Liverpool past non-league Mansfield Town in the FA Cup.
LANCE ARMSTRONG is 1-9 with Coral to confess to doping in his interview with Oprah Winfrey tonight (2am), writes Phil Agius.
Clarissa, who yesterday spoke out for the first time in the hope her father will confess to his crimes, said: "I knew someone had to do something to try to convince him, someone that he loves.
Carissa, who yesterday bravely spoke out for the first time in the hope her father will confess to his crimes, said: "I knew someone had to do something to try to convince him, someone he loves.