confess to (someone or something)

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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

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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I confess to one shortcut: Claiborne includes her own recipe for the spice blend, and I have no doubt it's great given the 10 ingredients she calls for, but I always have a shaker of good old Tony Chachere's in the house, so a dash of that went in instead.
In doing this, I pray we will also confess to one another our shortcomings with each other and with God.
EMMERDALE (7pm and 8pm ITV) WITH three murders under his belt, it shouldn't be difficult for Debbie to get Cameron to confess to one of them.
But then, back in Emmerdale, he does confess to one of the villagers - only to panic and hit them with a fence post.
And so we wanted to determine why someone may be willing to falsely confess to one of those crimes," said Stephanie Madon, an ISU associate professor of psychology and the study's lead author.