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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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The psalmist confesses the magnitude of wrongdoing, which merits only God's condemnation, and yet confidently declares that God's chief purpose and strength is to show mercy.
In two-way forgiveness, the offender confesses to the offended, seeks forgiveness and is pardoned.
Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart tearfully confesses to sins against God after he was accused of visiting a prostitute.
MCFLY star Dougie confesses to "problem perspiration".
Jill confesses that she's had a tattoo of Howard Stern on her inner right thigh since late 1957.
In the reading from Acts, Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly confesses to the authorities what he previously confessed to Jesus.
Justice Court and obtained by KTNV-TV, Strohmeyer confesses to Las Vegas Metro Police that he was playing hide-and-seek with the girl and the two were throwing spitballs at each other, the affidavit said.
When someone confesses his mistakes, this helps them to continue their life.