trust Definition

  • 1firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something
  • 2an arrangement whereby a person (a trustee) holds property as its nominal owner for the good of one or more beneficiaries

Using trust: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "trust" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have complete trust in my best friend.

  • Example

    The company has lost the trust of its customers.

  • Example

    The lawyer is responsible for managing the trust fund.

  • Example

    The charity was set up as a trust to benefit the local community.

trust Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using trust

  • in a state of complete trust and confidence


    The child slept soundly in the lap of trust, knowing that his parents were watching over him.

  • one should not trust someone who has previously betrayed or deceived them


    I know he's asking for my help now, but never trust a snake in the grass.

  • to rely on someone to do what they say they will do


    I put my trust in him to finish the project on time.

Phrases with trust

  • under the legal control of a trustee or trustees


    The money was held in trust for his children until they turned 18.

  • accept something as true without verification or proof


    I had to take his word on trust that he would pay me back.

  • an act of breaking a promise or agreement, especially one made with someone who trusts you


    He was accused of a violation of trust after embezzling funds from the company.

Origins of trust

from Old Norse 'traust', meaning 'confidence'


Summary: trust in Brief

The term 'trust' [trʌst] refers to a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. It can also refer to an arrangement where a trustee holds property for the benefit of one or more beneficiaries. Examples include 'I have complete trust in my best friend' and 'The lawyer is responsible for managing the trust fund.' Phrases like 'in trust' and idioms like 'never trust a snake in the grass' further illustrate the concept of trust.

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