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.
Origin of entrust
Related formsen·trust·ment, noun
First recorded in 1595–1605; en-1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for entrustingauthorize
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.
Yet you see this did not deter her from entrusting her fortune to you.
How could any girl be afraid of entrusting her future to him?'
He had no notion, however, of entrusting her with his secret.
British Dictionary definitions for entrusting
Derived Formsentrustment or intrustment, noun
(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
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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