- 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)
- truss bridge,
- truss hoop,
- truss rod,
- trust account,
- trust busting,
- trust company,
- trust deed,
- trust fund
Origin of trust
Examples from the Web for trust
Others have taken the stage to tell women to just work harder and trust in karma.
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|Regina Lizik|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The more we learn about the government these days, the less we can trust it.
You mean that you do not know how to honor and trust when you lose faith.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
She fears to trust herself or one she loves to its mercies again.The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks|Charles Felton Pidgin
Are you willing to trust the reputation of your friends to me?The Colossus|Opie Read
Not to trust to his own understanding, lest God blind his understanding.A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-Government and Ministry|Ministers and Elders of the London Provinciall Assembly
Don't for Heaven's sake let her know that I told you, for then she would not trust me any longer.Maximina|Armando Palacio Valds
- 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.
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.)
see brain trust; in trust.