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 formsen·trust·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for entrust

Contemporary Examples of entrust

Historical Examples of entrust

  • 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.

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



  • 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?


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for entrust



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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