- reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
- confident expectation of something; hope.
- confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
- a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
- the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.
- the obligation or responsibility imposed on a person in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.
- charge, custody, or care: to leave valuables in someone's trust.
- something committed or entrusted to one's care for use or safekeeping, as an office, duty, or the like; responsibility; charge.
- a fiduciary relationship in which one person (the trustee) holds the title to property (the trust estate or trust property) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary).
- the property or funds so held.
- an illegal combination of industrial or commercial companies in which the stock of the constituent companies is controlled by a central board of trustees, thus making it possible to manage the companies so as to minimize production costs, control prices, eliminate competition, etc.
- any large industrial or commercial corporation or combination having a monopolistic or semimonopolistic control over the production of some commodity or service.
- Archaic. reliability.
- Law. of or pertaining to trusts or a trust.
—verb (used without object)
- to rely upon or place confidence in someone or something (usually followed by in or to ): to trust in another's honesty; trusting to luck.
- to have confidence; hope: Things work out if one only trusts.
- to sell merchandise on credit.
—verb (used with object)
- to have trust or confidence in; rely or depend on.
- to believe.
- to expect confidently; hope (usually followed by a clause or infinitive as object): trusting the job would soon be finished; trusting to find oil on the land.
- to commit or consign with trust or confidence.
- to permit to remain or go somewhere or to do something without fear of consequences: He does not trust his children out of his sight.
- to invest with a trust; entrust with something.