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1 something (as property) held by one party (the trustee) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary); "he is the beneficiary of a generous trust set up by his father"
2 certainty based on past experience; "he wrote the paper with considerable reliance on the work of other scientists"; "he put more trust in his own two legs than in the gun" [syn: reliance]
3 the trait of trusting; of believing in the honesty and reliability of others; "the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity" [syn: trustingness, trustfulness] [ant: distrust]
4 a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service; "they set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly" [syn: corporate trust, combine, cartel]
5 complete confidence in a person or plan etc; "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust" [syn: faith]
6 a trustful relationship; "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust" [syn: confidence]


1 have confidence or faith in; "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes" [syn: swear, rely, bank] [ant: distrust, distrust]
2 allow without fear
3 be confident about something; "I believe that he will come back from the war" [syn: believe]
4 expect and wish; "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise" [syn: hope, desire]
5 confer a trust upon; "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"; "I commit my soul to God" [syn: entrust, intrust, confide, commit]
6 extend credit to

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl non traust



  1. Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.
    • 1671, O ever-failing trust / In mortal strength! — John Milton, Samson Agonistes
  2. Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
    • 1611, Such trust have we through Christ. — Authorised Version, 2 Corinthians iii:4.
  3. Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit.
    I was out of cash, but the landlady let me have it on trust.
  4. Trustworthiness, reliability.
  5. The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.
  6. A group of businessmen or traders organised for mutual benefit to produce and distribute specific commodities or services, and managed by a central body of trustees.


Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality
Dependence upon something in the future; hope
Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit
Trustworthiness, reliability
The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another
A group of businessmen or traders


  1. To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in.
    We can not trust those who have deceived us.
    I will never trust his word after. --Shak.
    He that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived. --Johnson.
  2. To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
    Trust me, you look well. --Shak.
  3. To hope confidently; to believe; -- usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object.
    I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face. --2 John 12.
    We trust we have a good conscience. --Heb. xiii. 18.
  4. to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.
    Whom, with your power and fortune, sir, you trust, Now to suspect is vain. --Dryden.
  5. To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.
    Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war. --Macaulay.
  6. To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.
    Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.
  7. To risk; to venture confidently.
    [Beguiled] by thee to trust thee from my side. --Milton.
  8. To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
    More to know could not be more to trust. --Shak.
  9. To be confident, as of something future; to hope.
    I will trust and not be afraid. --Isa. xii. 2.
  10. To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
    It is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust. --Johnson.


To place confidence in
To give credence to
To hope confidently
to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something
To commit; to intrust
To give credit to
To risk
To have trust
To be confident
To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment
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trust in German: Trust
trust in French: Trust
trust in Dutch: Trust
trust in Japanese: トラスト
trust in Simple English: Trust
trust in Swedish: Trust (olika betydelser)
trust in Chinese: 信托

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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