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 Arrangements entrusted to Edwards Cremation & Funeral Services, Wilton Manors Roslyn (Ronnie) Rothman, 90, of Delray Beach, FL died Wednesday November 27, 2019. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 11/30," 30 Nov. 2019 Since the start of the Trump presidency, Kushner has been entrusted with striking a Middle East peace deal, taking a lead role on trade policy, overseeing criminal justice reform and modernizing the government with mixed results. Author: Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump demand for pre-election progress on border wall means 800 filings to seize property needed," 26 Nov. 2019 Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. courant.com, "Shirley Jean Wagner," 8 Sep. 2019 Funeral services are entrusted to the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel of Wethersfield and will be held at a later date. courant.com, "Florence Stephanie Laezzo," 10 Nov. 2019 Pray for yourselves, for the persons entrusted to your care, for those dear to you, for society, for the Church. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Why a Mother Cabrini Statue Would Be Good for New York City," 21 Oct. 2019 And please, never entrust your health to the internet. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "8 Simple Ways to Spot a Bogus Health Fad," 4 Oct. 2019 The network has entrusted the role to none other than the Academy Award–winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, who made a regal red carpet entrance of her own at the series’s London premiere. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Vogue, "Everything We Know About HBO’s Catherine the Great," 27 Sep. 2019 And when all is prepared duly, the chief officer deputed by the Khan smears the seal entrusted to him with vermilion, and impresses it on the paper, so that the form of the seal remains imprinted upon it in red; the money is then authentic. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of entrust

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Entrust.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entrustment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=entrus02. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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