From Middle English trust (“trust, protection”), from Old Norse traust (“confidence, help, protection”), from Proto-Germanic *traustą, from Proto-Indo-European *drowsdom, from Proto-Indo-European *deru- (“be firm, hard, solid”).
Akin to Danish trøst, tröst (“trust”), Saterland Frisian Traast (“comfort, solace”), West Frisian treast (“comfort, solace”), Dutch troost (“comfort, consolation”), German Trost (“comfort, consolation”), Gothic trausti (trausti, “alliance, pact”). More at true, tree.
- enPR: trŭst, IPA(key): /trʌst/, [tɹʌst], [tɹɐst], [t͡ʃɹ-]
- (Northern England) IPA(key): /trʊst/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ʌst
- Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.
- He needs to regain her trust if he is ever going to win her back.
- to lose trust in someone
- build up trust
- a relationship built on mutual trust
- Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
- 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.
- That which is committed or entrusted; something received in confidence; a charge.
- That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
- (rare) Trustworthiness, reliability.
- The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- I do profess to be no less than I seem; to serve him truly that
will put me in trust
- 17th century, John Denham, Of Justice
- Reward them well, if they observe their trust.
- (law) The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.
- I put the house into my sister's trust.
- (law) An arrangement whereby property or money is given to be held by a third party (a trustee), on the basis that it will be managed for the benefit of, or eventually transferred to, a stated beneficiary; for example, money to be given to a child when he or she reaches adulthood.
- 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.
- (computing) Affirmation of the access rights of a user of a computer system.
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- (transitive) To place confidence in, to rely on, to confide in.
- We cannot trust anyone who deceives us.
- (intransitive, with in) To have faith in; to rely on for continuing support or aid.
- (transitive) To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
- c. 1596–1599, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act 3, scene 2]:
- Trust me, you looke well.
- (transitive) To hope confidently; to believe (usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object)
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 2 John 1:12:
- I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Hebrews 13:18:
- We trust we have a good conscience.
- I trust you have cleaned your room?
- (transitive) to show confidence in a person by entrusting them with something.
- (transitive) To commit, as to one's care; to entrust.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:.
- Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war.
- (transitive) To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.
- Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.
- (intransitive, followed by to) To rely on (something), as though having trust (on it).
- to trust to luck
- Having lost the book, he had to trust to his memory for further details.
- (archaic, transitive) To risk; to venture confidently.
- (intransitive) To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
- c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i], page 236, column 2:
- More ſhould I queſtion thee, and more I muſt, / Though more to know, could not be more to truſt: [...]
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Isaiah 12:2:
- I will trust and not be afraid.
- (archaic, intransitive) To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
trust m (plural trusts)
- a trust (a group of businessmen or traders)
trust m (invariable)
- trust (group of people)
- trust di cervelli (“brains trust”)
trust m (plural trusts)