trustee

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noun

trust·​ee ˌtrə-ˈstē How to pronounce trustee (audio)
1
a
: a natural or legal person to whom property is legally committed to be administered for the benefit of a beneficiary (such as a person or a charitable organization)
b
: one (such as a corporate director) occupying a position of trust and performing functions comparable to those of a trustee
2
a
: one to whom something is entrusted
b
: a country charged with the supervision of a trust territory
3
: trusty

trustee

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verb

trusteed; trusteeing

transitive verb

: to commit to the care of a trustee

intransitive verb

: to serve as trustee

Examples of trustee in a Sentence

Noun They were named as trustees to the child's estate. the museum's board of trustees
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For example, currently at Indiana University, the board of trustees has six members appointed by the governor and three elected by alumni. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The future of the private college preparatory school was ultimately spared through a legal settlement last summer with parents and alumni who had sued the institution’s interim head of the school and board of trustees. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Restoration of the traditional civic mission of public universities — providing a blend of liberal-arts and American civic education to future leaders — offers even left-leaning administrators and trustees a path toward meeting their enlightened self-interest. Paul O. Carrese, National Review, 13 Feb. 2024 This new two-year pact, subject to ratification by teachers and the district’s board of trustees, comes less than a year after the two sides agreed to double-digit raises for educators ahead of the contract reopener. Jacqueline Pinedo, Sacramento Bee, 10 Feb. 2024 Charlemagne Feedback Venture 1 OLB LLC proposes to eliminate top floor rear windows on units overlooking Charlemagne homes and that drew trustee concerns at the boardroom dais. Karie Angell Luc, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Oddly, neither musician has yet won a Grammy. Presenters for these first Grammy Awards of the day include Patti Austin, Natalia Lafourcade, Carly Pearce, Molly Tuttle, Rufus Wainwright, and five-time Grammy winner Jimmy Jam, former chair of the Recording Academy’s board of trustees. Paul Grein, Billboard, 25 Jan. 2024 As student trustee, Kendrick helped to raise more than $2 million in scholarships, provide free transportation for his peers and preserve the institution in an area experiencing rapid gentrification. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 Following what Bremer officials described at the time as an exhaustive search, Francis M. Miley, a former school teacher and attorney who was then the president of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, was installed as trustee in Lipschultz’s place a year ago. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
Rowan called for Magill to resign and trustee Vahan Gureghian did step down late last week. Matt Egan, CNN, 17 Oct. 2023 Even trustee Joyce Foreman, who has frequently battled with Hinojosa on initiatives, offered compliments on the superintendent’s service. Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2022 Hannah Smith’s path proved to be an inspiration to trustee hopefuls, Republican donors and the state GOP. Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2022 Access to trustee investments and market expertise can, as the hospital has contended, expedite research and new treatments, at great potential benefit to desperate patients. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Oct. 2021 But trustee Elizabeth Limon moved to designate Walsh Gallegos for all the district’s legal responsibilities, cutting out Sanchez and Wilson altogether. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, 16 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of trustee was in 1636

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Cite this Entry

“Trustee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trustee. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

trustee

noun
trust·​ee
ˌtrəs-ˈtē
: a person who has been given responsibility for someone else's property

Legal Definition

trustee

1 of 2 noun
trust·​ee ˌtrəs-ˈtē How to pronounce trustee (audio)
1
: one to whom something is entrusted : one trusted to keep or administer something: as
a
: a member of a board entrusted with administering the funds and directing the policy of an institution or organization
b
: a country charged with the supervision of a trust territory
2
a
: a natural or legal person to whom property is committed to be administered for the benefit of a beneficiary (as a person or charitable organization) : the holder of legal title to property placed in a trust compare cestui que trust, settlor
b
: one (as a corporate director) occupying a position of trust and performing functions comparable to those of a trustee
trusteeship noun

trustee

2 of 2 verb
trusteed; trusteeing

transitive verb

: to commit to the care of a trustee

intransitive verb

: to serve as trustee

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