(1)   The trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others
"The experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity"
(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"
(3)   Complete confidence in a person or plan etc
"He cherished the faith of a good woman"
"The doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"
(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"
(5)   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"
(6)   A trustful relationship
"He took me into his confidence"
"He betrayed their trust"


(7)   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"
(8)   Be confident about something
"I believe that he will come back from the war"
(9)   Expect and wish
"I trust you will behave better from now on"
"I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
(10)   Extend credit to
(11)   Confer a trust upon
"The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"
"I commit my soul to God"
(12)   Allow without fear


  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.



  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. --
    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. --
  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. --John 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. -- Thomas Babington 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. -- John Milton.
  8. To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
    More to know could not be more to trust. --
  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.


  1. Secure, safe.
  2. Faithful, dependable.