Confess and Tell


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Confess verb – To accept the truth or existence of (something) usually reluctantly.
Usage example: political prisoners, under threat of torture, forced to confess their guilt

Tell is a synonym for confess in admit topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Confess".
Nearby Words: confession, confessor, confessional, confessedly, confessing
Synonyms for Confess


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Tell verb – To make known (as information previously kept secret).
Usage example: I won't tell your secret to anyone

Confess is a synonym for tell in acknowledgement topic. Sometimes you can use "Confess" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as communicate, admit.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

people confess people tell people
truth confess truth tell truth
someone confess someone tell someone
time confess time tell time
Other nouns: way, world, location, secret, anyone, feelings, times, secrets, guys.

Both words in one sentence

  • Manga / Orange In the current timeline, however, he manages to tell her his feelings, and Suwa is the one who doesn't confess to her instead.
  • Perhaps the character is mentally ill and is willing to confess to just about anything the police tell him to confess to.
  • Triang Relations In Sayuri's body, Yuuki realizes that he loves Sayuri, so he decides to go to confess but before he gets to confess Sayuri tells him that she has something important to tell him.
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