[ en-truhst ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to charge or invest with a trust or responsibility; charge with a specified office or duty involving trust: We entrusted him with our lives.

  2. to commit (something) in trust to; confide, as for care, use, or performance: to entrust a secret, money, powers, or work to another.

Origin of entrust

First recorded in 1595–1605; en-1 + trust
  • Sometimes in·trust [in-truhst] /ɪnˈtrʌst/ .

Other words from entrust

  • en·trust·ment, noun

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How to use entrust in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for entrust



/ (ɪnˈtrʌst) /

  1. (usually foll by with) to invest or charge (with a duty, responsibility, etc)

  2. (often foll by to) to put into the care or protection of someone

usage For entrust

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

Derived forms of entrust

  • entrustment or intrustment, noun

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