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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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 brass band entrusted with granting them their wish found themselves in a bit of a pickle, however. SI.com, "National Anthem Antics: 6 Times Stadiums Got it Totally Wrong in International Fixtures," 8 Sep. 2019 More thinking is required on how analogous measures might apply to AI systems, particularly those entrusted with orchestrating military forces across a chaotic and foggy battlefield. The Economist, "Artificial intelligence and war," 5 Sep. 2019 Specifically, transgender people are often targeted in acts of violence or abuse because of their gender identity or presentation, and advocates say sometimes that comes at the hands of the law enforcement authorities entrusted with their safety. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wants more action on hate crimes in city," 4 Sep. 2019 Repeatedly, men and women entrusted with positions of power prioritized their own reputation or the reputation of an NGB over the health and safety of the athletes. Alice Park, Time, "U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee 'Failed to Protect Its Athletes From Sexual Abuse,' Senate Investigation Determines," 30 July 2019 The section Perec completed tells of a math teacher, in a fictional North African police state, entrusted with the manuscript of the mystery novelist Robert Serval, which is supposed to contain clues to Serval’s sudden disappearance. Paul Grimstad, The New Yorker, "The Absolute Originality of Georges Perec," 16 July 2019 According to the group’s findings, the consignment site entrusts most of its authentication to copywriters with no expertise in luxury goods. Fortune, "New Reporting Supports Kavanaugh Allegation: The Broadsheet," 16 Sep. 2019 Aided by bleeding edge technology, a select number of Neuron’s employees are entrusted with Legions, captured chimeras who are chained to the wrist and neurologically linked to their operator. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "‘Astral Chain’: Wacky, complicated and, ultimately, enjoyable," 12 Sep. 2019 Would the Sharks entrust their backup spot to a rookie? Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Sharks training camp: A peek ahead to the biggest competitions," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of entrust

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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