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

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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The moral of the story is you have been entrusted with much. Peter San Nicolas, Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona’s Trainer: You have been entrusted with much," 6 Sep. 2019 Now, he’s being entrusted to protect the blind side of the franchise’s 37-year-old icon of a quarterback. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Can the Chargers take the next step and challenge for a Super Bowl title?," 6 Sep. 2019 In the People’s House, we are entrusted with the sacred responsibility to protect those liberties for the American people, and to advance a future that honors both the words of our Founders and the well-being of generations to come. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "What the Constitution means to Nancy Pelosi and Barbra Streisand, among other Americans," 4 Sep. 2019 They were entrusted with the Crystal of Truth, the physical embodiment of the life force that sustains Thra, but have instead been using the Crystal’s power to prolong their own lives. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," 31 Aug. 2019 Public accountability is important in public service, as I am entrusted with upholding the values of this public institution in an ethical and legal manner. William Perry Pendley, The Denver Post, "William Perry Pendley: Rebutting a popular myth about my position on public lands," 30 Aug. 2019 You’ve been entrusted with the power to monitor that organization in the public’s interest. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: Lottery CEO refuses to answer key question. Hearing officer responds, ‘If I had the power ... I would put him in contempt’," 16 Aug. 2019 Now, in the middle of gender-equity fight and with the women’s team at the height of its popularity, he is entrusted with finding Ellis’ replacement. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Soccer entrusted with replacing coach Jill Ellis. What could go wrong?," 31 July 2019 We are entrusted to operate a $200 million federal asset in that vessel, which is owned and paid for by the National Science Foundation. Anchorage Daily News, "Looking at budget cuts’ impact on Alaska fisheries," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of entrust

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of entrust was in 1586

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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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to spread over or through

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