confess to

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

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.
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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).
HARIPUR -- As an antiterrorism court resumed hearing into the Mashal lynching case here on Friday, the senior lawyer for the accused alleged that the Mardan police were forcing his clients to confess to the killing.
The NRM leader said he will let go public servants who confess to corruption or aiding corruption.
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.
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.
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.
Oprah told US media after her recent retirement that she had regretted never getting OJ to confess to the murder.
When you confess to God, you are not telling him anything he does not already know.