verb en·trust \ in-ˈtrəst , en- \
variants: or less commonly play \in-ˈtrəst\
Updated on: 15 Mar 2018

Definition of entrust

1 : to confer a trust on; especially : to deliver something in trust to
2 : to commit to another with confidence


play \in-ˈtrəs(t)-mənt, en-\ noun

Examples of entrust in a Sentence

  1. She was entrusted with the job of organizing the reception.

  2. we entrusted our financial adviser with the investment of all of our savings

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First Known Use of entrust


Synonym Discussion of entrust

commit, entrust, confide, consign, relegate mean to assign to a person or place for a definite purpose. commit may express the general idea of delivering into another's charge or the special sense of transferring to a superior power or to a special place of custody.
    • committed the felon to prison
entrust implies committing with trust and confidence.
    • the president is entrusted with broad powers
confide implies entrusting with great assurance or reliance.
    • confided complete control of my affairs to my attorney
consign suggests removing from one's control with formality or finality.
    • consigned the damaging notes to the fire
relegate implies a consigning to a particular class or sphere often with a suggestion of getting rid of.
    • relegated to an obscure position in the company

ENTRUST Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of entrust for English Language Learners

  • : to give someone the responsibility of doing something or of caring for someone or something

ENTRUST Defined for Kids


verb en·trust \ in-ˈtrəst \

Definition of entrust for Students

entrusted; entrusting
1 : to give care of something to
  • They entrusted me with their money.
2 : to give to another with confidence
  • I'll entrust the job to you.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb en·trust
variants: also intrust

legal Definition of entrust

1 : to deliver something to (a person) under a charge or duty
2 : to give (something) over to the care of another; specifically : to deliver to a merchant who may transfer ownership to a buyer in the ordinary course of business used especially in the Uniform Commercial Code — see also negligent entrustment — compare bail, consign



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