- a fiduciary relationship in which one person (the trustee) holds the title to property (the trust estate or trust property) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary).
- the property or funds so held.
- an illegal combination of industrial or commercial companies in which the stock of the constituent companies is controlled by a central board of trustees, a group of people who have assumed the authority to supervise the affairs of the constituent companies, thus making it possible to manage the companies so as to minimize production costs, control prices, eliminate competition, etc.
- any large industrial or commercial corporation or combination having a monopolistic or semimonopolistic control over the production of some commodity or service.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of trust
Synonyms for trust
Related Words for trustfaith, confidence, expectation, hope, account, protection, care, corporation, group, institution, business, commit, entrust, positiveness, certitude, credence, conviction, certainty, dependence, reliance
Examples from the Web for trust
Contemporary Examples of trust
Others have taken the stage to tell women to just work harder and trust in karma.Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping
Cate Huston, Karen Catlin
December 8, 2014
If she wants voters to believe and trust in her, she must court favor with the local pastor, Jeremiah.The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia's Atheism
November 24, 2014
In order for a reunion to happen, it would take a high level of trust, musically, on everything that happened.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie
November 20, 2014
Maybe at one point I would have envied these students who grew up in privileged families so often laden with trust funds.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
The more we learn about the government these days, the less we can trust it.Why the FBI’s Suicide Note to MLK Still Matters
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of trust
I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I got to trust you wholly in these matters, and I know I can do it, too.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
That he is afraid to trust banks, and hides his money in the earth.
I trust not the varlet with whom I bartered it for my motley.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I can't say, captain, for I don't know the man; but I don't like to trust any man too far.
- an arrangement whereby a person to whom the legal title to property is conveyed (the trustee) holds such property for the benefit of those entitled to the beneficial interest
- property that is the subject of such an arrangement
- the confidence put in the trusteeRelated adjective: fiduciary
Word Origin for trust
c.1200, from Old Norse traust "help, confidence," from Proto-Germanic *traust- (cf. Old Frisian trast, Dutch troost "comfort, consolation," Old High German trost "trust, fidelity," German Trost "comfort, consolation," Gothic trausti "agreement, alliance"). Related to Old English treowian "to believe, trust," and treowe "faithful, trusty" (see true). Meaning "businesses organized to reduce competition" is recorded from 1877. Trust-buster is recorded from 1903.
early 13c., from Old Norse treysta "to trust," from traust (see trust (n.)). Related: Trusted; trusting.
see brain trust; in trust.