Trust definition

trŭst
To expect with assurance; assume.

I trust that you will be on time.

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To have trust or faith; place reliance; be confident.
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To extend credit to.
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To place in the care of another person or in a situation deemed safe; entrust.
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To have or place confidence in; depend on.

Only trusted his friends; did not trust the strength of the thin rope; could not be trusted to oversee so much money.

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To believe or suppose.
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To put something confidently in the charge of.

To trust a lawyer with one's case.

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To give credence to; believe.

I trust what you say.

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To allow to do something without fear of the outcome.

To trust a child to go to the store.

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Keeping; care; custody.
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To hope.
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Relating to a trust or trusts.
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To commit (something) to a person's care.
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Something entrusted to one; charge, duty, etc.
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Trust is confidence in the honesty or integrity of a person or thing.

An example of trust is the belief that someone is being truthful.

An example of trust is the hope a parent has when they let their teenager borrow a car.

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Confident expectation, anticipation, or hope.

To have trust in the future.

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To give business credit.
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To expect confidently; hope.
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The definition of a trust is an arrangement made that gives control or ownership of a property to someone for the benefit of another person.

An example of trust is a bank account that a person gets access to when they turn 21.

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Custody; care.

Left her papers in my trust during her illness.

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Reliance on the intention and ability of a purchaser to pay in the future; credit.

Bought the supplies on trust from a local dealer.

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A legal relationship in which one party holds a title to property while another party has the entitlement to the beneficial use of that property.
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An arrangement in which property (either real or monetary) is put under the management and control of a trustee who is responsible for administering it for the trust beneficiary. A trust created by a will is called a testamentary trust. A trust created while the writer is still living is called an inter vivos, or living trust.
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Property that is held by one party, the trustee, for the benefit of another, the beneficiary. The one who supplied the property or consideration for the trust is the settlor. Trust also encompasses any relationship in which one acts as a fiduciary or guardian for another.
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Trust is defined as to have confidence, faith or hope in someone or something.

An example of trust is believing that the sun will rise in the morning.

An example of trust is having faith that things will be better in the future.

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An institution or organization directed by trustees.

A charitable trust.

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Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance.

Trying to gain our clients' trust; taking it on trust that our friend is telling the truth.

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The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in one.

Violated a public trust.

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One in which confidence is placed.
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Something committed into the care of another; a charge.

Violated a public trust.

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The confidence reposed in a trustee when giving the trustee legal title to property to administer for another, together with the trustee's obligation regarding that property and the beneficiary.
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The property so held.
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To have confidence in allowing (someone) to use, know, or look after something.

Can I trust you with a secret?

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To have or place reliance; depend.

We can only trust in our guide's knowledge of the terrain.

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To be confident; hope.
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Confidence in a purchaser's intention or future ability to pay for goods or services delivered; credit.

To sell on trust.

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(archaic) Trustworthiness; loyalty.
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Firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice, etc. of another person or thing; faith; reliance.
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The person or thing trusted.
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The fact of having confidence placed in one.
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Responsibility or obligation resulting from this.
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An industrial or business combination, now illegal in the U.S., in which management and control of the member corporations are vested in a single board of trustees, who are thus able to control a market, absorb or eliminate competition, fix prices, etc.
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An arrangement by which property is put under the ownership and control of a person (trustee) who bears the responsibility of administering it for the benefit of another (beneficiary)
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The confidence reposed in a trustee.
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The whole of the property held in trust.
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A trustee or group of trustees.
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The beneficiary's right to property held in trust.
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To grant business credit to.
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To rely or depend on.

Trust them to be on time.

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A trust whereby the settlor places all financial interests under the control of an independent trustee for a period of time, most often in order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
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A trust that is imposed by a court against one who has acquired property by wrongful means, in order to prevent the holder of that property’s being unjustly enriched and for the benefit of the rightful owner. No fiduciary relationship is created by this type of trust.
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A trust in which the settlor has granted the trustee the discretion to pay to the beneficiary as much of the income or principal as the trustee sees fit. This is the type of trust most often used in estate planning.
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A trust set up with an affirmative expression by the settlor (usually in writing) of the purpose of the trust. This is an ordinary trust as distinct from a resulting or constructive one.
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See nondiscretionary trust.
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A trust set up to transfer property to a beneficiary more than one generation removed from the settlor, such as a grandchild.
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In this type of trust, the settlor retains so much control over the property in trust and/or its income that the settlor is responsible for taxes on that property.
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A trust created and takes effect during the lifetime of the grantor.
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An intervivos trust that receives money from another trust or other source or that distributes receipts to another trust.
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A trust brought about by law when the circumstances in which property is transferred that suggest that it was not the intention of the transferor to give beneficial interest in the property to the transferee.
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A trust created by a will and that comes into ­existence upon the death of the grantor.
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A bank account created by the depositor in trust for another. It is often used to name a successor to an account without the need to write a will. It is also fully revocable.
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The combination of voting rights among a group of stockholders to exert a higher degree of influence or control within the corporation, or to bring about a specific result.
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A complex concept studied by scholars from a number of academic disciplines. It is present in a business relationship when one partner willingly depends on an exchanging partner in whom one has confidence. The term “depend” can take on a number of meanings in this context, including the willingness of one partner to be vulnerable to the actions of the other partner, or the expectation of one partner to receive ethically bound behaviors from the other partner. Security issues regarding Information Technology center on maintaining trust in e-commerce transactions. A case of breach of trust occurred in March 2005. Harvard Business School administration said that as a result of unauthorized intrusions, it planned to reject 119 applicants who followed a cracker’s instructions to break into the school’s admission Internet site to see whether they had been accepted into the university. The behavior was cited by the school’s administration as being unethical and breaching trust. Other universities took similar punitive approaches to such breaches, including Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. These universities and others similarly affected used the ApplyYourself online application and notification software. Associated Press. Business Schools: Harvard to Bar 119 Applicants Who Hacked Admissions Site. The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2005, p. B12; Mayer, R., Davis, J., and F. Schoorman. An Integrative Model of Organizational Trust. Academy of Management Review, vol. 20, 1995, p. 709–734; Moorman, C., Deshpande, R. and G. Zaltman. Factors Affecting Trust in Market Research Relationships. Journal of Marketing, vol. 57, 1993, p. 81–101.
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Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.

He needs to regain her trust if he is ever going to win her back.

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Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
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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.

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That which is committed or entrusted; something received in confidence; a charge.
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That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
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The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
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(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.

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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.
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To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in.

We cannot trust anyone who deceives us.

In God We Trust - written on denominations of US currency.

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To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
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To hope confidently; to believe; usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object.

I trust you have cleaned your room?

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To show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.
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To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.
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To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.

Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.

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To risk; to venture confidently.
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(intransitive) To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
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(intransitive) To be confident, as of something future; to hope.
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(intransitive) To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
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(obsolete) Secure, safe.
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(obsolete) Faithful, dependable.
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A combination of firms or corporations for the purpose of reducing competition and controlling prices throughout a business or industry.
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Reliance on something in the future; hope.

We have trust that the future will be better.

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To believe in the honesty, integrity, justice, etc. of; have confidence in.
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A type of a corporate monopoly that was powerful during the late 19th and early 20th centuries that exerted strong influence over prices. Antitrust laws passed in the early 1900s destroyed the power of trusts. The name trust comes from a voting trust in which a small number of trustees controlled a majority of a company’s shares.
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A group or board of people who have been appointed to manage the affairs of an institution, such as a university.
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. Trusts created by a will by use of precatory words such as “wish” or some other entreaty rather than specific direction. See also precatory.
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(law) An estate devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will, or for the benefit, of another; an estate held for the use of another.
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(computing) Affirmation of the access rights of a user of a computer system.
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Held in trust.
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Managing for an owner; acting as trustee.
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in trust
  • In the possession or care of a trustee.
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in trust
  • in the condition of being entrusted to another's care
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trust to
  • to rely on
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trust
Plural:
trusts

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in trust
in trust
trust to

Origin of trust

  • Middle English truste perhaps from Old Norse traust confidence deru- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English truste (“trust, protection"), from Old Norse traust (“confidence, help, protection"), from Proto-Germanic *traustÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *drowzdo-, from Proto-Indo-European *deru- (“be firm, hard, solid"). Akin to Danish trøst, tröst (“trust"), Old Frisian trāst (“trust"), Dutch troost (“comfort, consolation"), Old High German trōst (“trust, fidelity"), German Trost (“comfort, consolation"), Gothic trausti (trausti, “alliance, pact"). More at true, tree.

    From Wiktionary