trust
Pronunciation
  • enPR: trŭst, IPA: /trʌst/, [tɹʌst], [tɹɐst], [t͡ʃɹ-]
  • (Northern England) IPA: /trʊst/
Noun

trust

  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.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      , Book I''
      taking things upon trust.
      1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes
      O ever-failing trust / In mortal strength!
  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.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 71:5 ↗:
      O 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.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      I do profess to be no less than I seem; to serve him truly that
      will put me in trust
    • 17th century, John Denham (poet), Of Justice
      Reward 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.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • French: trust
  • German: Trust
  • Italian: trust
  • Portuguese: consórcio, trust
  • Russian: трест
  • Spanish: consorcio, trust
Verb

trust (trusts, present participle trusting; past and past participle trusted)

  1. (transitive) To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or have faith, in.
    We cannot trust anyone who deceives us.
    In God We Trust ― official US motto
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Act I scene iv:
      I will never trust his word after.
    • He that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived.
  2. (transitive) To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
    • c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 3, scene 2]:
      Trust me, you looke well.
  3. (transitive) To hope confidently; to believe (usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object)
    • 2 John 12.
      I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.
    • Heb. xiii. 18.
      We trust we have a good conscience.
    I trust you have cleaned your room?
  4. (transitive) to show confidence in a person by entrusting them with something.
    • .
      Whom, with your power and fortune, sir, you trust, Now to suspect is vain.
  5. (transitive) To commit, as to one's care; to entrust.
    • .
      Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war.
  6. (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.
    • It is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.
  7. (intransitive, followed by to) To rely on (something), as though having trust (on it).
    to trust to luck
    Having lost the book, he had to trust to his memory for further details.
  8. (archaic, transitive) To risk; to venture confidently.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      [Beguiled] by thee to trust thee from my side.
  9. (intransitive) To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i], page 236 ↗, column 2:
      More ſhould I queſtion thee, and more I muſt, / Though more to know, could not be more to truſt: [...]
    • Isa. xii. 2
      I will trust and not be afraid.
  10. (archaic, intransitive) To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
    • It is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.
Antonyms Translations Translations
  • French: avoir foi en quelqu’un
  • Spanish: creer
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Adjective

trust

  1. (obsolete) Secure, safe.
  2. (obsolete) Faithful, dependable.
  3. (legal) of or relating to a trust.



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