en·​trust | \ in-ˈtrəst How to pronounce entrust (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly intrust \ in-​ˈtrəst How to pronounce entrust (audio) \
entrusted also intrusted; entrusting also intrusting; entrusts also intrusts

Definition of entrust

transitive verb

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

Other Words from entrust

entrustment \ in-​ˈtrəs(t)-​mənt How to pronounce entrust (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of entrust in a Sentence

She was entrusted with the job of organizing the reception. we entrusted our financial adviser with the investment of all of our savings
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First Known Use of entrust

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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en·​trust | \ in-ˈtrəst How to pronounce entrust (audio) \
entrusted; entrusting

Kids Definition of entrust

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.


transitive verb
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

Other Words from entrust

entrustment noun

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