en·​trust | \ in-ˈtrəst How to pronounce entrust (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly \ in-​ˈtrəst How to pronounce intrust (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

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

Synonyms for entrust


assign, charge, commission, task, trust

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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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Photo: Harry How/Getty Images The swift decision to entrust him with control of the team coincided with another critical development in this classic Hollywood saga: Jeanie Buss’s own family members were plotting to overthrow her. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "How LeBron James Was Courted by the Lakers," 2 July 2018 A few days after the OptionSellers news broke, the Journal reported that the two lawyers entrusted with recovering the $17.5 billion Bernie Madoff stole from his investors have clawed back an astonishing 75%. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "A Hedge-Fund Tragedy in One Act," 5 Dec. 2018 As campaign manager, Ball was entrusted with getting higher returns on the campaign's cash. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "$192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist's home. Crapo election funds draw scrutiny," 20 June 2018 In celebration of her 13th show on the Reputation stadium world tour, Taylor entrusted her mom with a tradition that dates back to 2009. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Honors a 2009 Tradition With Her Mother," 17 June 2018 Now that unit will be entrusted with protecting Deshaun Watson, the Texans’ burgeoning franchise quarterback who will be returning from an ACL injury. Tim Rohan, SI.com, "AFC South Offseason Report Cards: Jaguars Get Stronger, Titans Get Defensive, Texans Need Health and Colts Need Luck," 12 June 2018 Last season, Mike Willey entrusted the middle of his defense at Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham, Browne & Nichols High School defense to Tyler Martin. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Eighth-grader calls his Michigan football offer 'cool' and 'crazy'," 29 May 2018 The government entrusted Skidmore Owings & Merrill—then a relatively modest architecture firm—to design and plan Oak Ridge, which the Building Museum argues was the most significant secret city design wise. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Why the U.S. government built three top-secret cities during WWII," 8 May 2018 The designer was entrusted with completely revamping the label, and did so by simplifying everything. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Bottega Veneta Designer Tomas Maier Departs," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of entrust

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of entrust

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


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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