What does Trust mean?

Definitions for Trust

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Trust.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trustnoun

    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"

  2. reliance, trustnoun

    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. trust, trustingness, trustfulnessnoun

    the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others

    "the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity"

  4. trust, corporate trust, combine, cartelnoun

    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. faith, trustnoun

    complete confidence in a person or plan etc

    "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"

  6. confidence, trustverb

    a trustful relationship

    "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust"

  7. trust, swear, rely, bankverb

    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. trustverb

    allow without fear

  9. believe, trustverb

    be confident about something

    "I believe that he will come back from the war"

  10. hope, trust, desireverb

    expect and wish

    "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"

  11. entrust, intrust, trust, confide, commitverb

    confer a trust upon

    "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret"; "I commit my soul to God"

  12. trustverb

    extend credit to

    "don't trust my ex-wife; I won't pay her debts anymore"


  1. trustnoun

    Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.

  2. trustnoun

    Dependence upon something in the future; hope.

  3. trustnoun

    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. trustnoun

    Trustworthiness, reliability.

  5. trustnoun

    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.

  6. trustnoun

    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.

  7. trustnoun

    trust from an operating system against an application or user that results in access rights

  8. trustverb

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

  9. trustverb

    To give credence to; to believe; to credit.

  10. trustverb

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

  11. trustverb

    to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.

  12. trustverb

    To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.

  13. trustverb

    To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.

    Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.

  14. trustverb

    To risk; to venture confidently.

  15. trustverb

    To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.

  16. trustverb

    To be confident, as of something future; to hope.

  17. trustverb

    To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.

  18. trustadjective

    Secure, safe.

  19. trustadjective

    Faithful, dependable.

  20. Etymology: truste, from traust, from traust-, from drouzdo-, from deru-. Akin to trøst, trast, troost, trost, Trost, trausti. More at true, tree.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trustnoun

    Etymology: traust, Runick.

    What a fool is honesty! and trust, his sworn brother, a very simple gentleman. William Shakespeare.

    My misfortunes may be of use to credulous maids, never to put too much trust in deceitful men. Jonathan Swift.

    In my wretched case ’twill be more just
    Not to have promis’d, than deceive your trust. Dryden.

    His trust was with th’ eternal to be deemed
    Equal in strength. John Milton.

    Most take things upon trust, and misemploy their assent by lazily enslaving their minds to the dictates of others. John Locke.

    Ev’n such is time, who takes on trust
    Our youth, our joys, our all we have,
    And pays us but with age and dust. Walter Raleigh.

    They cannot see all with their own eyes; they must commit many great trusts to their ministers. Francis Bacon.

    Thou the sooner
    Temptation found’st, or over potent charms,
    To violate the sacred trust of silence
    Deposited within thee. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Although the advantages one man possesseth more than another, may be called his property with respect to other men, yet with respect to God they are only a trust. Jonathan Swift.

    Behold, I commit my daughter unto thee of special trust; wherefore do not entreat her evil. Tob. x. 12.

    I serve him truly, that will put me in trust. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Being transplanted out of his cold barren diocese he was left in that great trust with the king. Edward Hyde.

    Expect no more from servants than is just,
    Reward them well if they observe their trust. John Denham.

  2. To Trustverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I’d be torn in pieces ere I’d trust a woman
    With wind. Ben Jonson.

    Give me your hand: trust me you look well. William Shakespeare.

    When you lie down, with a short prayer commit yourself into the hands of your faithful Creator; and when you have done, trust him with yourself as you must do when you are dying. Taylor.

    Give me good fame, ye pow’rs, and make me just,
    This much the rogue to publick ears will trust:
    In private then: ———— When wilt thou, mighty Jove,
    My wealthy uncle from this world remove? Dryden.

    Whom with your pow’r and fortune, Sir, you trust,
    Now to suspect is vain. Dryden.

    Fool’d by thee to trust thee from my side. John Milton.

  3. To Trustverb

    I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face. 2 John.

    From this grave, this dust,
    My God shall raise me up I trust. Walter Raleigh.

    The isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Isa. li. 5.

    The Lord is a buckler to all that trust in him. 2 Sam. xxii.

    Sin never shall hurt them more who rightly trust
    In this his satisfaction. John Milton.

    Well you may fear too far
    ———— Safer than trust too far. William Shakespeare.

    The simplicity of the goat shews us what an honest man is to trust to that keeps a knave company. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. TRUST

    TRUST (Train Running Under System TOPS) is a Network Rail computer system used for monitoring the progress of trains and tracking delays on Great Britain's rail network. It compares actual train movement events with those planned, allowing delays to be recorded with explanations as to the cause allowing the operation of an incentive scheme to reduce delays.TRUST is used to record when a train passes a measuring point, which can be used to identify delays, and the cause of the delays. It is based on the TOPS mainframe-based computer system. TRUST data is part of Network Rail's open data feed and is used by Realtime Trains as a source for train movements and cancellations. A similar computer system is Darwin, from the Rail Delivery Group.


  1. trust

    Trust can be defined as a belief or confidence in the reliability, integrity, and honesty of a person, organization, or thing. It involves relying on someone or something and expecting them to act in a predictable, responsible, and beneficial manner. Trust is built over time through consistent actions, transparency, communication, and fulfilling commitments. It is a crucial element in establishing and maintaining relationships, whether personal, professional, or societal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trustnoun

    assured resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle, of another person; confidence; reliance; reliance

  2. Trustnoun

    credit given; especially, delivery of property or merchandise in reliance upon future payment; exchange without immediate receipt of an equivalent; as, to sell or buy goods on trust

  3. Trustnoun

    assured anticipation; dependence upon something future or contingent, as if present or actual; hope; belief

  4. Trustnoun

    that which is committed or intrusted to one; something received in confidence; charge; deposit

  5. Trustnoun

    the condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office

  6. Trustnoun

    that upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope

  7. Trustnoun

    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; a confidence respecting property reposed in one person, who is termed the trustee, for the benefit of another, who is called the cestui que trust

  8. Trustnoun

    an organization formed mainly for the purpose of regulating the supply and price of commodities, etc.; as, a sugar trust

  9. Trustadjective

    held in trust; as, trust property; trustmoney

  10. Trustnoun

    to place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in; as, we can not trust those who have deceived us

  11. Trustnoun

    to give credence to; to believe; to credit

  12. Trustnoun

    to hope confidently; to believe; -- usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object

  13. Trustnoun

    to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something

  14. Trustnoun

    to commit, as to one's care; to intrust

  15. Trustnoun

    to give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment; as, merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods

  16. Trustnoun

    to risk; to venture confidently

  17. Trustverb

    to have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide

  18. Trustverb

    to be confident, as of something future; to hope

  19. Trustverb

    to sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit


  1. Trust

    In a social context, trust has several connotations. Definitions of trust typically refer to a situation characterised by the following aspects: One party is willing to rely on the actions of another party; the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor abandons control over the actions performed by the trustee. As a consequence, the trustor is uncertain about the outcome of the other's actions; he can only develop and evaluate expectations. The uncertainty involves the risk of failure or harm to the trustor if the trustee will not behave as desired. Trust can be attributed to relationships between people. It can be demonstrated that humans have a natural disposition to trust and to judge trustworthiness that can be traced to the neurobiological structure and activity of a human brain, and can be altered e.g. by the application of oxytocin. Conceptually, trust is also attributable to relationships within and between social groups. It is a popular approach to frame the dynamics of inter-group and intra-group interactions in terms of trust.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trust

    trust, n. trustworthiness: confidence in the truth of anything: confident expectation: a resting on the integrity, friendship, &c. of another: faith: hope: credit (esp. sale on credit or on promise to pay): he who, or that which, is the ground of confidence: that which is given or received in confidence: charge: an arrangement by which property is handed to or vested in a person, in the trust or confidence that he will use and dispose of it for the benefit of another, also the estate so managed for another: in modern commerce, an arrangement for the control of several companies under one direction, to cheapen expenses, regulate production, beat down competition, and so obtain a maximum return.—adj. held in trust.—v.t. to place trust in: to believe: to give credit to: to sell upon credit: to commit to the care of: to expect confidently.—v.i. to be confident or confiding.—ns. Trust′-deed, a deed conveying property to a trustee; Trustee′, one to whom anything is entrusted: one to whom the management of a property is committed in trust for the benefit of others; Trustee′ship; Trust′er; Trust-estate′, an estate held by trustees.—adj. Trust′ful, trusting: worthy of trust.—adv. Trust′fully.—n. Trust′fulness.—adv. Trust′ily.—n. Trust′iness.—adj. Trust′ing, confiding.—adv. Trust′ingly.—adj. Trust′less, treacherous, unfaithful.—ns. Trust′lessness; Trust′worthiness.—adjs. Trust′worthy, worthy of trust or confidence: trusty; Trust′y (comp. Trust′ier, superl. Trust′iest), that may be trusted: deserving confidence: honest: strong: firm: (Shak.) involving trust.—Active, or Special, trust, a trust in which the trustee's power of management depends upon his having the right of actual possession; Breach of trust, a violation of duty by a trustee, executor, &c.; In trust, as a charge, for safe-keeping; On trust, on credit. [Scand., Ice. traust, trust; Ger. trost, consolation.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Trust

    Confidence in or reliance on a person or thing.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. TRUST

    A small body of capital entirely surrounded by water.

Editors Contribution

  1. trust

    A human quality of confident knowing a person, animal, group, unity government or specific structure or system within society is honest, reliable, just and fair.

    My trust in my partner in life is constant as he is so honest and we love and support each other with everything as a united partnership, relationship and we are getting married.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 25, 2019  

  2. trust

    certainty based on past experience

    i trust your judgement

    Submitted by anonymous on May 30, 2022  

  3. trustnoun

    certainty based on past experience.

    Submitted by hadi_k on July 4, 2022  

  4. trustadjective

    no experience

    I trust your judgement

    Etymology: trustworthy

    Submitted by nawshintabassumtuba on February 18, 2024  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Trust

    Another word for a “Combine” or “Corner,” with this difference that its members are pledged to stand by one another, and faithfully maintain the high prices their action has brought about.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TRUST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trust is ranked #54637 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trust surname appeared 377 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trust.

    81.4% or 307 total occurrences were White.
    12.2% or 46 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trust' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1415

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trust' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1686

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trust' in Nouns Frequency: #545

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trust' in Verbs Frequency: #487

Anagrams for Trust »

  1. strut

  2. sturt

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Trust in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Trust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Trust in a Sentence

  1. Gurbir Grewal:

    This action involves breaches of trust by gatekeepers within the gatekeeper entrusted to audit many of our nation's public companies, it's simply outrageous that the very professionals responsible for catching cheating by clients cheated on ethics exams of all things.

  2. Sumner Redstone:

    This is my trust and my decision. I have picked those who are loyal to me and removed those who are not.

  3. Pippen Jr.:

    I'm mature enough to know that my dad had some success, i know he wants the best for me. I know he knows a lot about the game. He's been there, he's done what I want to do ... So you know I trust him.

  4. Laurence Tubiana:

    We should not be frustrated, there are three conditions to deliver a successful agreement in Paris: the first one is trust, the second one is trust, and the third one is trust ... and that, I think, we have gained a lot.

  5. Tony Marinozzi:

    What they were told and what went on were two different things, they trusted Franco. At 16, as actors, they took his lead that he would not violate that trust they had. Franco was their friend, and frankly, at 16, what do they do ? There are no options. There was no #MeToo.

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