Nearby words

  1. truss bridge,
  2. truss hoop,
  3. truss rod,
  4. trussed,
  5. trussing,
  6. trust account,
  7. trust busting,
  8. trust company,
  9. trust deed,
  10. trust fund


    in trust, in the position of being left in the care or guardianship of another: She left money to her uncle to keep in trust for her children.

Origin of trust

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English < Old Norse traust trust (cognate with German Trost comfort); (v.) Middle English trusten < Old Norse treysta, derivative of traust

Related forms
Can be confusedboard committee council panel trust

Synonym study

1. Trust, assurance, confidence imply a feeling of security. Trust implies instinctive unquestioning belief in and reliance upon something: to have trust in one's parents. Confidence implies conscious trust because of good reasons, definite evidence, or past experience: to have confidence in the outcome of events. Assurance implies absolute confidence and certainty: to feel an assurance of victory. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trust

British Dictionary definitions for trust



reliance on and confidence in the truth, worth, reliability, etc, of a person or thing; faithRelated adjective: fiducial
a group of commercial enterprises combined to monopolize and control the market for any commodity: illegal in the US
the obligation of someone in a responsible positiona position of trust
custody, charge, or carea child placed in my trust
a person or thing in which confidence or faith is placed
commercial credit
  1. 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
  2. property that is the subject of such an arrangement
  3. the confidence put in the trusteeRelated adjective: fiduciary
(in the British National Health Service) a self-governing hospital, group of hospitals, or other body providing health-care services, which operates as an independent commercial unit within the NHS
(modifier) of or relating to a trust or truststrust property


(tr; may take a clause as object) to expect, hope, or supposeI trust that you are well
(when tr, may take an infinitive; when intr, often foll by in or to) to place confidence in (someone to do something); have faith (in); rely (upon)I trust him to tell her
(tr) to consign for carethe child was trusted to my care
(tr) to allow (someone to do something) with confidence in his or her good sense or honestyI trust my daughter to go
(tr) to extend business credit to
Derived Formstrustable, adjectivetrustability, nountruster, noun

Word Origin for trust

C13: from Old Norse traust; related to Old High German trost solace

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Word Origin and History for trust
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for trust


A combination of firms or corporations for the purpose of reducing competition and controlling prices throughout a business or industry. Trusts are generally prohibited or restricted by antitrust legislation. (Compare monopoly.)

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Idioms and Phrases with trust


see brain trust; in trust.

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