reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
confident expectation of something; hope.
confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.
charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone's trust.
something committed or entrusted to one's care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.
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.
Law. of or relating to trusts or a trust.
to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something (usually followed by in or to): to trust in another's honesty; trusting to luck.
to have confidence; hope: Things work out if one only trusts.
to sell merchandise on credit.
to have trust or confidence in; rely or depend on.
to expect confidently; hope (usually followed by a clause or infinitive as object): trusting the job would soon be finished; trusting to find oil on the land.
to commit or consign with trust or confidence.
to permit to remain or go somewhere or to do something without fear of consequences: He does not trust his children out of his sight.
to invest with a trust; entrust or charge with the responsibility for something: We trust her to improve the finances of the company within the year.
to give credit to (a person) for goods, services, etc., supplied: Will you trust us till payday?
trust to, to rely on; trust: Never trust to luck!
Idioms about trust
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.
- trust·a·ble, adjective
- trust·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- truster, noun
- non·trust, noun
- o·ver·trust, verb
- self-trust, noun
- un·trust·a·ble, adjective
- un·trust·ed, adjective
- well-trusted, adjective
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How to use trust in a sentence
Hire the best people, people you trust, people whose judgment you trust.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode) | Maria Konnikova | September 12, 2020 | Freakonomics
Public schools have lost parent trust on this issue despite their continued lip service, and charter schools know it.Our Public Schools Have a Customer Service Problem | Thomas Courtney | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
We asked leaders from the two companies about their high-trust, inclusive workplace cultures and how they’ve responded to the coronavirus crisis.How the Best Workplaces in Manufacturing have risen to the COVID-19 challenge | lbelanger225 | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot — and missed.
Typically, each user in such a system needs to be directly wired to the other or connected via trusted nodes, which can make large networks costly and increase the number of windows for hackers to exploit.A New Breakthrough Just Brought City-Wide Quantum Communication Into Reach | Edd Gent | September 7, 2020 | Singularity Hub
We proud skeptics would rather trust the demonstrable facts than the alleged truth.
And ultimately this creates steadily eroding trust among voters for not just politics but the institutions of government.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
If you throw away this chance, you will both richly deserve to be hanged, as I sincerely trust you will be.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
He must trust to his human merits, and not miracles, for his Sonship is of no value in this conflict.Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
As if unwilling to trust himself longer in dangerous companionship, he went up to town with Thomas Carr.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
I would not trust their removal to any other hand, and so, the panel comes out without a shake.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for trust
reliance on and confidence in the truth, worth, reliability, etc, of a person or thing; faith: Related 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 position: a position of trust
custody, charge, or care: a child placed in my trust
a person or thing in which confidence or faith is placed
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 trustee: Related 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 trusts: trust property
(tr; may take a clause as object) to expect, hope, or suppose: I 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 care: the child was trusted to my care
(tr) to allow (someone to do something) with confidence in his or her good sense or honesty: I trust my daughter to go
(tr) to extend business credit to
- trustable, adjective
- trustability, noun
- truster, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for trust
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Other Idioms and Phrases with trust
see brain trust; in trust.
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