What does trust mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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  

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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.

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, 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. Mohammad Eslami:

    We have agreed in the next meeting of IAEA that Iran will participate and on the sideline of the meeting we will continue the negotiations, we also agreed that the head of IAEA will travel to Iran in the near future and will negotiate with the officials. For us trust building is highly important and we want mutual trust between Iran and IAEA -- it is important.

  2. Ahmed Korayem:

    The mind holds a specific image of who we currently are, not who we are yet to become. Subconscious fears change since it can't fathom life as the new-self. In that, it will fight, create stories, excuses and limiting theories on why one should remain where they are. Why would it do such a thing? Because it's what it knows. It knows it exists in the current reality and has no guarantees that it will exist in the new one. It also knows you (its host) is alive with the current reality and has no guarantees if you will be alive if you make the transition to the new one. Just trust in that you're enabling in the divine will of the universe to unfold in order to move the world forward. Yes, your work will elevate the level of human consciousness. That is how important you are!

  3. Famous Proverb:

    Beware of a bad woman, and put no trust in a good one. #Woman'sDay

  4. Brian McEnroe:

    I don’t trust the Jordanians.

  5. Meylin D. Bojorge:

    one of worst enemies can be the same person you trust the most. for they know everything you don't want anyone else to know.

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