trust·​ee·​ship ˌtrə-ˈstē-ˌship How to pronounce trusteeship (audio)
: the office or function of a trustee
: supervisory control by one or more countries over a trust territory

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After it was taken into trusteeship, Gazprom Germania was shunned by trading partners and faced liquidity problems, risking the collapse of major gas retailers in Germany and the UK -- including Wingas GmbH and Gazprom Marketing & Trading Retail Ltd., which trades as Gazprom Energy. Todd Gillespie,, 14 June 2022 Rosneft accounts for about 12% of Germany’s oil refining capacity, importing oil worth several hundred million euros every month, according to the government, which said the trusteeship was initially due to last for six months. Time, 21 Sep. 2022 The government has now placed two Rosneft subsidiaries under the trusteeship of Germany’s energy regulator, meaning that three critical refineries are now controlled by Germany. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2022 On Friday, the economy ministry said Rosneft’s German subsidiaries, which include three refineries in total, were placed under trusteeship of the Federal Network Agency, the country’s energy regulator. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The German government has taken control of Rosneft’s local subsidiaries, placing them under trusteeship as Germany prepares for a looming ban on Russian oil imports. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2022 Berlin put Gazprom PJSC’s German natural-gas business, formerly known as Gazprom Germania GmbH, under trusteeship in April. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The artifacts were then passed into the trusteeship of the British Museum. New York Times, 8 July 2022 After failing to persuade executives of energy companies to take over the business, Mr. Scholz and his aides activated plan B, putting the company under the trusteeship of Germany’s energy watchdog. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trusteeship was in 1692

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“Trusteeship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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trust·​ee·​ship ˌtrəs-ˈtē-ˌship How to pronounce trusteeship (audio)
: the office or job of a trustee

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