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confess to (someone or something)

1. To admit something. I don't think he has any intention of confessing to the crime. Everyone knows that you have a crush on Lauren, so you might as well just confess to it!
2. To admit something to someone. I don't think he has any intention of confessing to the police. Everyone knows that you have a crush on Lauren, so you might as well just confess to us!
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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.
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confess to something

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

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.
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If we gave amnesty to those that fought the government, especially during the LRA war, how about those who confess to corruption?
Confess is an anonymous social network that allows users to share secret confessions with their connections and groups without any inhibitions.
The court made these awards upon a finding that the jury verdict and interest exceeded the City's $500,000 offer to confess judgment.
That said, the dive was so blatant, Suarez didn't need to confess.
Armstrong interview specials - Coral - to confess to doping: 1-9 yes, 5 no; to cry during interview: 1-3 L Armstrong, 5-4 O Winfrey, 7-4 both; Ladbrokes - Armstrong to say: 1-4 sorry, 1-4 apologise, evens confess, innocent, 1-2 conspiracy, 6-4 integrity, David Walsh, Paul Kimmage, witch hunt, EPO, 4 Bradley Wiggins.
Living Faith insists it is as we look at this Jesus and worship him that we grow silent, our minds are set to work right, and our hearts confess with a deep sense of respect that in the man Jesus we see the Christ, the one filled with the Holy Spirit who also is God in human form.
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.
In case persons accused of economic crimes do not confess of their crimes, criminal cases will be sent to the court in mass," Vice Prime Minister and Coordinator of Court and Law Enforcement System Azimbek Beknazarov said at the press conference in Bishkek.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Back in my day it was, 'Get in there and confess your sins.
It's then when we find ourselves gazing, along with the audience attending the Quebec City "premiere," at the dark looming Kafka/Castle-esque hulk of the Chateau Frontenac Hotel that opens Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess (1952), the making and meaning of which lays such a forceful part in the shape and resonances of Lepage's highly complex film.
A devoted son told yesterday how he tried to help his father commit suicide after hearing him confess to murdering his step-mother.
At the station, the criminals are interrogated in separate rooms and each is given an equal opportunity to have all charges against them dropped if they confess to the crime and implicate the other man.
One man died after others piled rocks on him so that he would confess.
The more evidence amassed that implicates the suspect, the more likely the investigator can convince him or her to voluntarily confess.