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

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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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Prospect Filip Hronek had a very good first year of pro hockey with 39 points in 67 games with Grand Rapids, entrusted with running one of the power play units. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings mailbag: Could Henrik Zetterberg be traded?," 23 May 2018 The basic legal argument was that Michigan State owed a legal duty to supervise Nassar, who was a school employee entrusted with practicing medicine on school property, and the university failed to meet that duty. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Michigan State Settles With the Victims of Larry Nassar's Abuse. How Might the NCAA Respond?," 18 May 2018 Historically, these rapid changes in government have been entrusted to veteran ministers. Allison Spencer Hartnett, Washington Post, "Can Jordan’s new prime minister reform the government?," 13 June 2018 Five times over the last 51 years, the halftime show has been entrusted to the peppy young adults of Up With People. Dave Holmes, Esquire, "The Weirdest and Most Unforgettable Moments in Super Bowl Halftime Show History," 1 Feb. 2018 His own operation in the group, Bodega Rolland, is today entrusted to Magdalena Rodriguez Maisano, the Chief Winemaker who also oversees the administration of the winery. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Meet the Women Changing Argentina’s Wine Industry," 18 June 2018 Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm with the funeral to follow at The Lodge Community Chapel 130 Deerfield Road, Windsor, CT 06095 Arrangements entrusted to Carmon Funeral Home Windsor, CT. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Patricia R. Silva," 12 May 2018 Arrangements entrusted to Edwards Cremation & Funeral Services, Wilton Manors. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 The integrity of the stock markets are jeopardized when greedy individuals who are entrusted with nonpublic information use the knowledge for their benefit. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Why California could be the bellwether for the privacy movement," 29 June 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

Other Words from entrust

entrustment noun

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