What does Trust mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term Trust:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. trust(noun)

    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, trust(noun)

    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, trustfulness(noun)

    the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others

    "the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity"

  4. trust, corporate trust, combine, cartel(noun)

    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, trust(noun)

    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, trust(verb)

    a trustful relationship

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

  7. trust, swear, rely, bank(verb)

    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. trust(verb)

    allow without fear

  9. believe, trust(verb)

    be confident about something

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

  10. hope, trust, desire(verb)

    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, commit(verb)

    confer a trust upon

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

  12. trust(verb)

    extend credit to

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


  1. trust(Noun)

    Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.

  2. trust(Noun)

    Dependence upon something in the future; hope.

  3. trust(Noun)

    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. trust(Noun)

    Trustworthiness, reliability.

  5. trust(Noun)

    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. trust(Noun)

    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. trust(Noun)

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

  8. trust(Verb)

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

  9. trust(Verb)

    To give credence to; to believe; to credit.

  10. trust(Verb)

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

  11. trust(Verb)

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

  12. trust(Verb)

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

  13. trust(Verb)

    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. trust(Verb)

    To risk; to venture confidently.

  15. trust(Verb)

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

  16. trust(Verb)

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

  17. trust(Verb)

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

  18. trust(Adjective)

    Secure, safe.

  19. trust(Adjective)

    Faithful, dependable.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trust(noun)

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

  2. Trust(noun)

    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. Trust(noun)

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

  4. Trust(noun)

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

  5. Trust(noun)

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

  6. Trust(noun)

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

  7. Trust(noun)

    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. Trust(noun)

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

  9. Trust(adj)

    held in trust; as, trust property; trustmoney

  10. Trust(noun)

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

  11. Trust(noun)

    to give credence to; to believe; to credit

  12. Trust(noun)

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

  13. Trust(noun)

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

  14. Trust(noun)

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

  15. Trust(noun)

    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. Trust(noun)

    to risk; to venture confidently

  17. Trust(verb)

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

  18. Trust(verb)

    to be confident, as of something future; to hope

  19. Trust(verb)

    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 or thing is honest, reliable, just and fair.

    My trust in my partner in life is constant as he is so honest.

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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

How to pronounce Trust?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Trust in sign language?

  1. trust


  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. Yassine Aumerally:

    Love is Trust

  2. Denise Haight:

    Do you trust me?

  3. Ava Muhammad:

    trust and believe

  4. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham:

    I don't trust him.

  5. Bindi Irwin:

    The key is to trust.

Images & Illustrations of Trust

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