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 entrusting

Historical Examples of entrusting

  • He made of them warriors, entrusting them with the care of defending society.

  • St. Clare had just been entrusting Tom with some money, and various commissions.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Yet you see this did not deter her from entrusting her fortune to you.

    Major Frank

    A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint

  • How could any girl be afraid of entrusting her future to him?'

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • He had no notion, however, of entrusting her with his secret.

    Fardorougha, The Miser

    William Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for entrusting



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 entrusting



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

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