What is the meaning of trust?


  • Something (as property) held by one party (the trustee. for the benefit of another (the beneficiary))
    • usage: "he is the beneficiary of a generous trust set up by his father"
  • Certainty based on past experience.
    • usage: "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"
  • The trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others.
    • usage: "the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity"
  • A consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service.
    • usage: "they set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly"
  • Complete confidence in a person or plan etc.
    • usage: "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"
  • A trustful relationship.
    • usage: "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust"


  • Have confidence or faith in.
    • usage: "We can trust in God"; "Rely on your friends"; "bank on your good education"; "I swear by my grandmother's recipes"
  • Allow without fear.
  • Be confident about something.
    • usage: "I believe that he will come back from the war"
  • Expect and wish.
    • usage: "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
  • Confer a trust upon.
    • usage: "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"; "I commit my soul to God"
  • Extend credit to.
    • usage: "don't trust my ex-wife; I won't pay her debts anymore"
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APAWordNet. (2010). trust. Retrieved July 16, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/trust/definitions/1323279
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "trust" http://smartdefine.org/trust/definitions/1323279 (accessed July 16, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, trust, Smart Define, viewed 16 July, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/trust/definitions/1323279>.
MLAWordNet. "trust" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 July 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/trust/definitions/1323279>
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