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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KILLER dentist Colin Howell has just one regret about confessing to his heinous crimes - trusting his then wife to stand by him, it was claimed last night.
The newsletter-like video mentioned a "terrorist cell" that was allegedly established in Gharbeya in November 2015 and showed its members confessing to the camera.
The video showed a group young men confessing to being the masked men, who gathered in front ofa hotel located near the famous touristic site, and then threw fireworks, rubber bullets, birdshots, and Molotov cocktails atthe hotel and a tourist bus, thought to transporting Israeli tourists.
"Confessing to only part of one's transgressions is attractive to a lot of people because they expect the confession to be more believable and guilt-relieving than not confessing," lead author Eyal Pe'er, PhD, who ran the studies at Carnegie Mellon University and is now at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, said.
Confessing to some bad behavior was more common than making a full confession among those who cheated as much as possible in the study.
confessing to me," Oprah said to the audience, to cheers.
Bertram understands times for confessing to be unique events when Christians disobey the authorities, including the church's own, in order to testify to the integrity of the church's confession of the one gospel of Jesus Christ.
But theywere praised by police and the courts for confessing to so many additional crimes.
Surveys show how frequent infidelity is, with one in five partners confessing to having cheated on a long-term lover.
This imagery is made explicit (presented as an actual elevator-into--confessional transition) in a scene in Le Confessionnal in which the pregnant 16-year-old Rachel tells Lepage's young Montgomery Cliff-like priest that her sin (a contemplation of suicide) is "too horrible to forgive" and he replies that she is not confessing to him but rather to God.
The coercive aspect comes from investigators' statements that remaining silent will lead to greater penalties, but confessing to a minimized scenario will result in reward.
PRESIDENT Bush yesterday laughed off claims that a tape of bin Laden confessing to the New York atrocities was a fake.
With the growth of the church, people stopped confessing to their church communities and began to confess all sins privately to a priest who represented the church.
He was given two years' probation and 100 hours community service after confessing to police three years later.
This imagery is made explicit (presented as an actual elevator-into-confessional transition) in a scene in Le confessionnal in which the pregnant sixteen year old Rachel tells Lepage's young Montgomery Clift-like priest that her sin (which is her contemplation of suicide) is "too horrible to forgive" and he replies that she is not confessing to him but rather to God.