• Trust


    • IPA: /tɹʌst/
    • Rhymes: -ʌst


    Middle English truste ("trust, protection"), from Old Norse traust ("confidence, help, protection"), from Proto-Germanic *traustą, from Proto-Indo-European *drowzdo-, from Proto-Indo-European *deru- ("be firm, hard, solid"). Akin to Danish trøst, tröst ("trust"), Old Frisian trāst ("trust"), Dutch troost ("comfort, consolation"), Old High German trōst ("trust, fidelity"), German Trost ("comfort, consolation"), Gothic trausti ("alliance, pact"). More at true, tree.

    Full definition of trust



    (plural trusts)
    1. Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.He needs to regain her trust if he is ever going to win her back.
      • John LockeMost take things upon trust.1671, O ever-failing trust
        In mortal strength! — John Milton, Samson Agonistes
    2. Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
      • 1611, Such trust have we through Christ. — Authorised Version, 2 Corinthians iii:4.
    3. Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit.I was out of cash, but the landlady let me have it on trust.
    4. That which is committed or entrusted; something received in confidence; a charge.
    5. That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
      • Bible, Psalms, lxxi. 5O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth.
    6. (rare) Trustworthiness, reliability.
    7. The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
      • ShakespeareI serve him truly that will put me in trust.
      • DenhamReward them well, if they observe their trust.
    8. (legal) The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.I put the house into my sister's trust.
    9. (legal) An estate devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will, or for the benefit, of another; an estate held for the use of another.
    10. A group of businessmen or traders organised for mutual benefit to produce and distribute specific commodities or services, and managed by a central body of trustees.
    11. (computing) Affirmation of the access rights of a user of a computer system.



    1. (transitive) To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in.We cannot trust anyone who deceives us.In God We Trust - written on denominations of US currency
      • unknown date William ShakespeareI will never trust his word after.
      • unknown date JohnsonHe that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived.
    2. (transitive) To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
    3. (transitive) To hope confidently; to believe; usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object.
      • unknown date 2 John 12.I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.
      • unknown date Heb. xiii. 18.We trust we have a good conscience.
    4. I trust you have cleaned your room?
    5. (transitive) to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.
      • unknown date John Dryden.Whom, with your power and fortune, sir, you trust, Now to suspect is vain.''
    6. (transitive) To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.
      • unknown date Thomas Babington Macaulay.Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war.
    7. (transitive) To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.
      • JohnsonIt is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.
    8. (transitive) To risk; to venture confidently.
    9. (intransitive) To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
    10. (intransitive) To be confident, as of something future; to hope.
      • unknown date Isa. xii. 2I will trust and not be afraid.
    11. (intransitive) To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
      • unknown date JohnsonIt is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.



    1. (obsolete) Secure, safe.
    2. (obsolete) Faithful, dependable.


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