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[en-truhst] /ɛnˈtrʌst/
verb (used with object)
to charge or invest with a trust or responsibility; charge with a specified office or duty involving trust:
We entrusted him with our lives.
to commit (something) in trust to; confide, as for care, use, or performance:
to entrust a secret, money, powers, or work to another.
Also, intrust.
Origin of entrust
First recorded in 1595-1605; en-1 + trust
Related forms
entrustment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for entrust
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  • Have you no secret you could entrust to me, with hope and comfort, if you would!'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • And to men like him, I said, when perfected by years and education, and to these only you will entrust the State.

    The Republic Plato
  • And do they entrust their property to him rather than to you?

    Lysis Plato
  • To entrust them with large powers is the very acme of wild insanity.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • I asked him if his impression was that his wife meant to entrust him with a letter for her brother?

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • entrust me with the despatch, and I promise you the negotiation will be completed then and there.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for entrust


verb (transitive)
(usually foll by with) to invest or charge (with a duty, responsibility, etc)
(often foll by to) to put into the care or protection of someone
Derived Forms
entrustment, intrustment, noun
Usage note
It is usually considered incorrect to talk about entrusting someone to do something: the army cannot be trusted (not entrusted) to carry out orders
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entrust

c.1600, from en- (1) "make, put in" + trust (v.). Related: Entrusted; entrusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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