Confiar in Spanish: Conjugations, Meanings & Uses


In this short guide, we will cover the following topics for ‘Confiar’ in Spanish:

  1. What does ‘Confiar’ mean?
  2. ‘Confiar’ Conjugations
  3. How to Use ‘Confiar’ in Spanish
  4. Expressions & Idioms with ‘Confiar’
  5. Synonyms of ‘Confiar’ in Spanish

What does ‘Confiar’ mean?

In Spanish, ‘confiar’ means ‘to believe’, ‘to trust’ and ‘to have faith’. As a result, this verb is used to express that a person has a strong feeling of confidence and security that something will be done or that someone has the ability to do something right.

  1. When describing a person encouraging himself or someone else to believe that he can accomplish something, this verb means ‘to believe’.
  2. To describe that a person relies on someone else to be responsible for something, ‘confiar’ means ‘to trust’, ‘to entrust’ or ‘to confide’.

‘Confiar’ Conjugations 

In Spanish, confiar is a regular verb. So, to conjugate most of the tenses you simply need to remove the -AR ending and add the corresponding endings to the verb stem confi’. Below you will find some conjugation charts where you can check how to conjugate this verb. 

Indicative

Present tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfíoI trust 
ConfíasYou trust
Él / Ella / UstedConfíaHe/She trusts
NosotrosConfiamosWe trust
VosotrosConfiáisYou  trust
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfíanThey/You trust

Preterite tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfiéI trusted
ConfiasteYou trusted
Él / Ella / UstedConfióHe/She trusted
NosotrosConfiamosWe trusted
VosotrosConfiasteisYou  trusted
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfiaronThey/You trusted

Imperfect tense conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfiabaI trusted
ConfiabasYou trusted
Él / Ella / UstedConfiabaHe/She trusted
NosotrosConfiábamosWe trusted
VosotrosConfiabaisYou  trusted
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfiabanThey/You trusted

Future tense conjugation

To conjugate ‘confiar’ to the future tense you just need to add the corresponding future endings to the infinitive verb.

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfiaréI will trust
ConfiarásYou will trust
Él / Ella / UstedConfiaráHe/She will trust
NosotrosConfiaremosWe will trust
VosotrosConfiaréisYou will trust
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfiaránThey/You will trust

Conditional tense conjugation

Just like the future, the conditional tense of ‘confiar’ is built by simply adding the conditional endings to confiar (verb in infinitive form). 

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfiaríaI would trust
ConfiaríasYou would trust
Él / Ella / UstedConfiaríaHe/She would trust
NosotrosConfiaríamosWe would trust
VosotrosConfiaríaisYou  would trust
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfiaríanThey/You would trust

Progressive Tenses

graphic explaining how to conjugate confiar to progressive tenses in spanish

Estoy confiando en tí.
I am trusting you. 

Alberto y yo estábamos confiando en aprobar la materia.
 Alberto and I were hoping to pass the course.

Perfect Tenses

graphic explaining how to conjugate confiar to indicative perfect tenses

Si hubiera confiado en mí mismo, lo habría hecho bien.
If I had trusted myself, I would have done well.

Habíamos confiado en que terminarías tu tarea, pero ni siquiera has empezado.
We had hoped you would finish your homework, but you haven’t even started.

Confiar Subjunctive Conjugations

Present subjunctive conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfíeTo trust
ConfíesTo trust
Él / Ella / UstedConfíeTo trust
NosotrosConfiemosTo trust
VosotrosConfiéisTo trust
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfíenTo trust

Imperfect subjunctive conjugations

PersonConjugationTranslation
YoConfiaraI trusted
ConfiarasYou trusted
Él / Ella / UstedConfiaraHe/She trusted
NosotrosConfiáramosWe trusted
VosotrosConfiaraisYou trusted
Ustedes / Ellos / EllasConfiaranThey/You trusted

Perfect subjunctive 

graphic explaining how to conjugate confiar to perfect subjunctive

Ojalá no les hubiera confiado mi dinero. 
I wish I hadn’t entrusted you with my money, guys. 

No hubiera confiado en que llegarías puntual a nuestra cita.
I wouldn’t have trusted you to be on time for our appointment.

Imperative

Imperative conjugation

PersonConjugationTranslation
ConfíaTrust
UstedConfíeTrust
NosotrosConfiemosLet’s trust
VosotrosConfiadTrust
UstedesConfíenTrust

[‘Confiar’ in imperative] + [complement]

Confiemos en que todo saldrá bien.
Let’s trust that everything will be okay.

Por favor, confía en mí. Te estoy diciendo la verdad. 
Please, trust me. I’m telling you the truth. 

No + [‘confiar’ in present subjunctive] + [complement]

No confíes en él.
Don’t trust him.

Oigan, no se confíen, el examen sí está difícil. 
Hey, don’t be overconfident, the test is actually hard. 

How to Use ‘Confiar’ in Spanish with Examples

There are two main uses for the verb ‘confiar’ in Spanish: 

  1. Expressing confidence or trust
  2. To talk about giving a responsibility to someone else

In the section below, I’ll explain to you in detail each one of these meanings and I’ll provide examples and phrase structures so you can start applying them into your daily conversations.

Expressing confidence or trust

‘Confiar’ is used when talking about a sense of confidence or faith in yourself, in someone else, or any religious entity. In this context, it can also be used to talk about expectations and can be translated as ‘to trust’, ‘to believe’ or ‘to have faith’

[‘Confiar’ conjugated] + en + (que) + [complement]

Yo confío en que todo saldrá bien.
I believe that everything will be fine.

Nosotros confiamos plenamente en Dios.
We fully believe in God.

Confío en que las universidades abrirán pronto.
I have faith that the universities will open soon.

Its reflexive form, ‘confiarse’, is used for expressing overconfidence that mostly leads to negative outcomes. So, in this case, confiarse means ‘to be overconfident’ or ‘to count on it’. Since this is a reflexive verb, don’t forget to add the proper reflexive pronoun. 

[Reflexive pronoun] + [‘confiar’ conjugated] + [complement]

Me confié y llegué tarde.
I was overconfident and I arrived late.

No se confíen o van a perder. 
Don’t be overconfident or you’ll lose. 

Normalmente el autobús llega puntual, pero no te confíes
Usually, the bus arrives on time, but don’t count on it. 

Nuestro equipo perdió la final porque nos confíamos
Our team lost the finals because we were overconfident

To talk about giving a responsibility to someone else

A common way to apply the verb ‘confiar’ is when it comes to relying on someone else for something important. In Spanish, people frequently use this verb when talking about trusting someone with secrets and responsibilities. It can be translated as ‘to entrust’ or ‘to confide’.

[Indirect object pronoun] + [‘confiar’ conjugated] +[complement]

Le confié mi mayor secreto.
I confided my biggest secret to him.

Me confió sus ahorros de vida.
She entrusted her life savings to me.

Te confiamos esta tarea porque sabemos que eres muy capaz.
We entrust you with this task because we know that you are very capable.

Take note: In Spanish, it’s also common to use the noun ‘confianza’ to express that we trust someone. In this case, we use terms such as ‘ser de confianza’ or ‘ser de fiar’ as synonyms of ‘be reliable’ or ‘be trustworthy’.

Javier y Maria son personas de confianza.
Javier and María are trustworthy people.

Confiar Expressions & Idioms

No confiar ni en Dios is an expression that people commonly use for expressing that they don’t trust anyone. Its direct translation is ‘to not even trust God’.

No confiar ni en la propia sombra is another idiom for expressing that people don’t trust anyone. Its direct translation is ‘to not even trust your own shadow’.

Confiar ciegamente is used when expressing a strong feeling of trust and no doubts in someone or something. Its translation is ‘to trust blindly’.

Confiar en la palabra de alguien is used when suggesting that a person is totally trustworthy; both in what he says, and in what he does. Its translation is ‘to take somebody’s word’.

Synonyms of ‘Confiar’ in Spanish

Encargar could be translated as ‘to ask’ or ‘to request’. It is used to talk about requesting other people to take care of something for you.

Fiarse also means ‘to trust’ and we usually use this verb to express that we trust someone. However, fiarse is more common in Castilian Spanish. 

Creer means ‘to believe’ and, in some cases, it can be used to express your confidence in something or someone. 

Contar can be used as a synonym of ‘confiar’ when describing that you trust something to happen or someone to do something. In this context, ‘contar’ is close in meaning to ‘bank on’. 

Related Resources:

How to Conjugate Reflexive Verbs: many Spanish learners struggle to understand and conjugate reflexive verbs properly. Since these verbs are very common in Spanish, you should get comfortable with their conjugation rules.

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