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trustee

[ truh-stee ]
/ trʌˈsti /
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noun
a person, usually one of a body of persons, appointed to administer the affairs of a company, institution, etc.
a person who holds the title to property for the benefit of another.
(in New England) a garnishee.
a trusty.
verb (used with object), trust·eed, trust·ee·ing.
to place in the hands of a trustee or trustees.
(in New England) to garnish.
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Origin of trustee

First recorded in 1640–50; trust + -ee

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH trustee

1. executor, trustee , trusty2. trustee , trusty
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What does trustee mean?

A trustee is a person who is appointed to administer the affairs of a company or other organization. Often such an organization will have a group, or a board, of trustees.

A trustee can also be a person who holds the title to a property for someone else. If you inherit millions of dollars before you reach adulthood, the will might state that an adult manages that money for you until you become an adult. That person would be the trustee of your money.

Example: The board of trustees advised us against running this ad during primetime.

Where does trustee come from?

The first records of the term trustee come from around 1640. It combines the term trust, meaning “to rely upon someone or something,” and the suffix ee, which changes a verb into the doer of the verb. A trustee is the person who is relied upon for something.

You will occasionally see trustee used as a verb. To trustee someone is to designate them as an administrator, that is, to make them a trustee.

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How is trustee used in real life?

Trustee is most often used in discussions about business.

 

 

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Luann ran for a seat on her condo’s board of trustees because she wanted to help manage the condo’s business.

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British Dictionary definitions for trustee

trustee
/ (trʌˈstiː) /

noun
a person to whom the legal title to property is entrusted to hold or use for another's benefit
a member of a board that manages the affairs and administers the funds of an institution or organization
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