[ truhs-ting ]
/ ˈtrʌs tɪŋ /


inclined to trust; confiding; trustful: a trusting child.

Nearby words

  1. trustee process,
  2. trusteeship,
  3. trustful,
  4. trustfully,
  5. trustification,
  6. trustingly,
  7. trustless,
  8. trustlessly,
  9. trustor,
  10. trustworthy

Origin of trusting

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at trust, -ing2

Related forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for trusting


/ (trʌst) /



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 trusting
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Culture definitions for 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.)

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Idioms and Phrases with trusting


see brain trust; in trust.

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