[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. entresol,
  2. entropic,
  3. entropion,
  4. entropion uveae,
  5. entropy,
  6. entry,
  7. entry blank,
  8. entry-level,
  9. entryism,
  10. entryway

Also intrust.

Origin of entrust

First recorded in 1595–1605; en-1 + trust

Related formsen·trust·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for entrust



/ (ɪnˈtrʌst) /

verb (tr)

(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 Formsentrustment or intrustment, noun


It is usually considered incorrect to talk about entrusting someone to do something: the army cannot be trusted (not entrusted) to carry out orders

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Word Origin and History for entrust



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

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