v. t.

  1. To make acknowledgment or avowal in a matter pertaining to one's self; to acknowledge, own, or admit, as a crime, a fault, a debt.
  2. To acknowledge faith in; to profess belief in.
  3. To admit as true; to assent to; to acknowledge, as after a previous doubt, denial, or concealment.
  4. To make known or acknowledge, as one's sins to a priest, in order to receive absolution; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
  5. To hear or receive such confession; -- said of a priest.
  6. To disclose or reveal, as an effect discloses its cause; to prove; to attest.

v. i.

  1. To make confession; to disclose sins or faults, or the state of the conscience.
  2. To acknowledge; to admit; to concede.