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

transitive verb

: to confer a trust on
especially : to deliver something in trust to
: to commit to another with confidence
entrustment noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of entrust was in 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Entrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrust. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


en·​trust in-ˈtrəst How to pronounce entrust (audio)
: to give into the care of another
entrust your savings to a bank
: to give custody, care, or charge of something to
entrust a bank with your savings
entrustment noun

Legal Definition


transitive verb
variants also intrust
: to deliver something to (a person) under a charge or duty
: 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
entrustment noun

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