en·​trust | \in-ˈtrəst, en-\
variants: or less commonly \in-​ˈtrəst \
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, 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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Funeral services and cremation are private and have been entrusted to Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam. courant.com, "Joyce A. Grinold," 13 July 2018 Services are entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory (407) 695-2273. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/21," 21 June 2018 Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. courant.com, "Christine McGinnis," 11 July 2018 The foundation has entrusted Walkenhorst with Victor for the rest of the dog’s life. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Santee firefighter's dog Victor goes from rescued to rescuer," 5 July 2018 Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 5/3," 3 May 2018 Texas officials entrusted Devonte, Jeremiah and Ciera to Permanent Family Resource Center (PFRC), a small adoption agency in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. courant.com, "Frances S. Feltman," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of entrust

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of entrust was in 1593

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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 \
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

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entrustment noun

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