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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Other Words from entrust

entrustment \ in-​ˈtrəs(t)-​mənt How to pronounce entrustment (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
Recent Examples on the Web The flight was the fulfillment of a risky bet by NASA under the Obama administration to entrust the private sector to fly astronauts. Christian Davenport, BostonGlobe.com, "SpaceX launch a success as Dragon capsule separates from Falcon 9 rocket," 30 May 2020 Funeral arrangements will be private and have been entrusted to the Naville & Seabrook Funeral Homes. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "A firefighter and barber, Roger Eckart was one of Southern Indiana's first COVID-19 victims," 3 Apr. 2020 The same national governments that criticize and criminalize activists cannot be entrusted with protecting them. Popular Science, "Latin American environmentalists face unprecedented violence in defending their land," 30 Dec. 2019 At the same time, not to acknowledge the claims of innocence and eventual exoneration or release of some would be to betray these artists who have entrusted me with their stories and art. Nicole R. Fleetwood, The New York Review of Books, "Creation in Confinement: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration," 28 Apr. 2020 Motherland’s premise, that instead of silencing these women, the country instead put all its faith behind them — literally entrusting them with America’s national security — is powerful. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "You Won’t See Any Men In Motherland: Fort Salem. Seriously — It’s A Mood," 18 Mar. 2020 As Athens was preparing for battle, all the generals were entrusted with extraordinary amounts of money to finish and outfit ships, to hire and provision crews and more, all at top speed. Mark Munn, The Conversation, "Massive spending in a crisis brought bloody consequences in ancient Athens," 17 Apr. 2020 The Mustang design was entrusted to Jack Prendergast as executive engineer under the direction of Hans Matthias, chief engineer of the Ford Division. Car and Driver, "Tested: 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang," 17 Apr. 2020 No individual ought to be entrusted with the unchecked power to initiate annihilation, even if he or she has been elected to the White House. The Economist, "America should not rule out using nuclear weapons first," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of entrust

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Entrust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrust. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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.
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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