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noun \ˈtrəst\

Simple Definition of trust

  • : belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.

  • : an arrangement in which someone's property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization (such as a bank) for usually a set period of time

  • : an organization that results from the creation of a trust

Full Definition of trust

  1. 1a :  assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or somethingb :  one in which confidence is placed

  2. 2a :  dependence on something future or contingent :  hopeb :  reliance on future payment for property (as merchandise) delivered :  credit <bought furniture on trust>

  3. 3a :  a property interest held by one person for the benefit of anotherb :  a combination of firms or corporations formed by a legal agreement; especially :  one that reduces or threatens to reduce competition

  4. 4 archaic :  trustworthiness

  5. 5a (1) :  a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship (2) :  something committed or entrusted to one to be used or cared for in the interest of anotherb :  responsible charge or officec :  care, custody <the child committed to her trust>

in trust
  1. :  in the care or possession of a trustee

Examples of trust

  1. A hope is more than resolve, and it is based on trust in a divine faithfulness that operates not only within history, but also beyond history. —John Polkinghorne, Times Literary Supplement, 3 May 2002

  2. Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. —Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table1858

  3. Our relationship is founded on mutual love and trust.

  4. His lies and deception shattered my trust in him.

  5. She has no trust in the security of online banking.

  6. He created a trust for his children.

  7. The property will be held in trust until her 18th birthday.

  8. laws limiting the formation of trusts

Origin of trust

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse traust trust; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with trust



verb \ˈtrəst\

Simple Definition of trust

  • : to believe that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. : to have confidence in (someone or something)

  • : to believe that something is true or correct

  • : to hope or expect that something is true or will happen

Full Definition of trust

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1a :  to place confidence :  depend <trust in God> <trust to luck>b :  to be confident :  hope

    2. 2 :  to sell or deliver on credit

    3. transitive verb
    4. 1a :  to commit or place in one's care or keeping :  entrustb :  to permit to stay or go or to do something without fear or misgiving

    5. 2a :  to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of :  believe <trust a rumor>b :  to place confidence in :  rely on <a friend you can trust>c :  to hope or expect confidently <trusts that the problem will be resolved soon>

    6. 3 :  to extend credit to

    trust·abil·i·ty play \ˌtrəs-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
    trust·able play \ˈtrəs-tə-bəl\ adjective
    trust·er noun
    trust·ing·ly play \ˈtrəs-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
    trust·ing·ness noun

    Examples of trust

    1. It is these questions which define the crisis confronting the CIA—an increasingly clear-eyed skepticism among legislators, commentators, the broad general public, and the rest of the world that American intelligence officials, when they are under pressure, can be trusted to call them as they see them. —Thomas Powers, New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2004

    2. Perhaps Hollywood can't be trusted to make Hollywood-style movies anymore. —Richard Corliss, Time, 13 Dec. 2004

    3. Whenever Eugenides presses on his themes this way, he bruises them; he stops trusting in his tale, apparently unaware that its very form incarnates its theme better than can any commentary. —James Wood, New Republic, 7 Oct. 2002

    4. The strong man, or the junta or the plutocracy could no more be trusted with a monopoly on power than the commissariat. —Kevin Baker, Harper's, May 2001

    5. Nagumo also trusted in the complicated battle plan for the Midway operation, which called for a diversionary raid on Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, to draw off American naval strength. —David M. Kennedy, Atlantic, March 1999

    6. Working together is going to be difficult if you don't trust each other.

    7. Are you sure this will work? Trust me. I know what I'm doing.

    8. If you have a problem, tell your parent, teacher, or someone else you trust.

    9. I should never have trusted him.

    10. Their company is a trusted name in quality appliances.

    11. Don't trust everything you read.

    12. You can't trust the rumors.

    13. You should trust your instincts and do what you think is right.

    Origin of trust

    (see 1trust)

    First Known Use: 13th century

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