• WordNet 3.6
    • v trust 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"
    • v trust be confident about something "I believe that he will come back from the war"
    • v trust expect and wish "I trust you will behave better from now on","I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
    • v trust extend credit to; I won't pay her debts anymore" "don't trust my ex-wife"
    • v trust confer a trust upon "The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret","I commit my soul to God"
    • v trust allow without fear
    • n trust the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others "the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity"
    • n trust 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"
    • n trust complete confidence in a person or plan etc "he cherished the faith of a good woman","the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"
    • n trust 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"
    • n trust 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"
    • n trust a trustful relationship "he took me into his confidence","he betrayed their trust"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He felt at once that Joseph was a man to be trusted He felt at once that Joseph was a man to be trusted

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: US gold coins used to say "In Gold We Trust".
    • Trust A business organization or combination consisting of a number of firms or corporations operating, and often united, under an agreement creating a trust (in sense 1), esp. one formed mainly for the purpose of regulating the supply and price of commodities, etc.; often, opprobriously, a combination formed for the purpose of controlling or monopolizing a trade, industry, or business, by doing acts in restraint or trade; as, a sugar trust . A trust may take the form of a corporation or of a body of persons or corporations acting together by mutual arrangement, as under a contract or a so-called gentlemen's agreement. When it consists of corporations it may be effected by putting a majority of their stock either in the hands of a board of trustees (whence the name trust for the combination) or by transferring a majority to a holding company. The advantages of a trust are partly due to the economies made possible in carrying on a large business, as well as the doing away with competition. In the United States severe statutes against trusts have been passed by the Federal government and in many States, with elaborate statutory definitions.
    • Trust An equitable right or interest in property distinct from the legal ownership thereof; a use (as it existed before the Statute of Uses); also, a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another. Trusts are active, or special express implied constructive, etc. In a passive trust the trustee simply has title to the trust property, while its control and management are in the beneficiary.
    • Trust (Law) 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.
    • Trust Assured anticipation; dependence upon something future or contingent, as if present or actual; hope; belief. "Such trust have we through Christ.""His trust was with the Eternal to be deemed
      Equal in strength."
    • Trust Assured resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle, of another person; confidence; reliance; reliance. "O ever-failing trust in mortal strength!""Most take things upon trust ."
    • Trust 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 .
    • a Trust Held in trust; as, trust property; trustmoney.
    • Trust That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope. "O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth."
    • Trust That which is committed or intrusted to one; something received in confidence; charge; deposit.
    • Trust The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office. "I] serve him truly that will put me in trust .""Reward them well, if they observe their trust ."
    • Trust To be confident, as of something future; to hope. "I will trust and not be afraid."
    • Trust To commit, as to one's care; to intrust. "Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war."
    • Trust To give credence to; to believe; to credit. "Trust me, you look well."
    • Trust 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.
    • Trust To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide. "More to know could not be more to trust ."
    • Trust To hope confidently; to believe; -- usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object. "I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.""We trust we have a good conscience."
    • Trust To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in; as, we can not trust those who have deceived us. "I will never trust his word after.""He that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived."
    • Trust To risk; to venture confidently. "Beguiled] by thee
      to trust thee from my side."
    • Trust To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit. "It is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust ."
    • Trust to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something. "Whom, with your power and fortune, sir, you trust ,
      Now to suspect is vain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Men do 29% of laundry each week. Only 7% of women trust their husbands to do it correctly.
    • n trust Reliance on the veracity, integrity, justice, friendship, or other virtue or sound principle of another; a firm reliance on promises or on laws or principles; confidence; belief.
    • n trust Confident expectation; assured anticipation; dependence upon something future or contingent as if present or actual; hope.
    • n trust That on which one relies or in which he confides; ground of reliance, confidence, or hope.
    • n trust Credit. Mere reliance on the character or reputation of a person or thing, without investigation or evidence: preceded by on: as, to take opinions or statements on trust.
    • n trust Confidence in the ability and intention of one who does not pay ready money to pay at some definite or indefinite time in the future: as, to buy or sell on trust.
    • n trust In law: A confidence reposed in a person by making him the nominal owner of property which he is to hold, use, or dispose of for the benefit of another.
    • n trust The right on the part of such other to enjoy the use or the profits or to require a disposal of the property for his benefit.
    • n trust The relation between persons and property which arises when the legal ownership is given to one person, called the trustee, and the beneficial enjoyment or advantages of ownership are given or reserved to another, the cestui que trust or beneficiary. Property is sometimes said to be held in trust when the possession of it is intrusted to one person while another remains both legal and beneficial owner; but this is not technically a trust, although the person so intrusted in some respects may be held to the same duty and accountability as a trustee, and is sometimes spoken of as such.
    • n trust That which is committed or intrusted to one, as for safe-keeping or use. That which has been committed to one's care for profitable use or for safe-keeping, of which an account must be rendered.
    • n trust Something confided to one's faith; a charge given or received in confidence; something which one is bound in duty and in honor to keep inviolate; a duty incumbent on one.
    • n trust Specifically, in mod. com. usage, an organization for the control of several corporations under one direction by the device of a transfer by the stockholders in each corporation of at least a majority of the stock to a central committee or board of trustees, who issue in return to such stockholders respectively certificates showing in effect that, although they have parted with their stock and the consequent voting power, they are still entitled to dividends or to share in the profits—the object being to enable the trustees to elect directors in all the corporations, to control and suspend at pleasure the work of any, and thus to economize expenses, regulate production, and defeat competition. In a looser sense the term is applied to any combination of establishments in the same line of business for securing the same ends by holding the individual interests of each subservient to a common authority for the common interests of all. It is against public policy for a stockholder to divest himself of his voting power; hence such a transfer of stock if made is revocable at the pleasure of the maker. So far as the object of such a combination is shown to be the control of prices of and the prevention of competition in the necessaries or conveniences of life, it is held a criminal act upon the principles which rendered engrossing and forestalling punishable; and a corporation which by corporate act surrenders its powers to the control of a trust thereby affords ground for a forfeiture of its charter by the state.
    • n trust The state of being confided in and relied on; the state of one to whom something is intrusted.
    • n trust The state of being confided to another's care or guard; charge.
    • n trust Keeping; care.
    • n trust Trustworthiness.
    • n trust A trust is also said to be executed when the trustee has performed his entire duty.
    • n trust When the instrument creating a trust in land has the effect by virtue of the statute of uses of vesting the entire estate in the intended beneficiary, the trust is said to be executed by the statute.
    • n trust A deed conveying property to a creditor in trust to sell and pay himself and restore the residue: a kind of mortgage.
    • n trust Synonyms and Faith, credence, assurance, dependence, expectation.
    • trust Held in trust: as, trust property; trust money.
    • trust To place or repose confidence in (a person); rely upon; depend upon.
    • trust To believe; credit; receive with credence, as a statement, assertion, or the like.
    • trust To intrust: with with before the object confided.
    • trust To commit, consign, or allow with confidence; permit to be in some place, position, or company, or to do some particular thing, without misgiving or fear of consequences: as, to trust one's self to another's guidance.
    • trust To give credit to; supply with goods or something of value in the expectation of future payment.
    • trust To entertain a lively hope; feel sure; expect confidently: followed by a clause.
    • trust To repose confidence; place faith or reliance; rely: with on or in.
    • trust To give credit for something due; sell on credit: as, to trust recklessly.
    • trust An obsolete spelling of trussed, preterit and past participle of truss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1956 the phrase, "In God We Trust", was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
    • n Trust trust 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 Trust held in trust
    • v.t Trust 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 Trust to be confident or confiding
    • ***


  • Aesop
    “Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”
  • Doris Lessing
    “Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.”
  • Corrie Ten Boom
    Corrie Ten Boom
    “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Who would not rather trust and be deceived?”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trust, trost, Icel. traust, confidence, security; akin to Dan. & Sw. tröst, comfort, consolation, G. trost, Goth. trausti, a convention, covenant, and E. true,. See True, and cf. Tryst


In literature:

Nevertheless, his numerous clients trusted him completely as a business man.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I trust we shall prevail upon you to remain.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
You trusted my Karl with the whole management of the farm, and so it was an honor for me to be able to show that I trusted your son.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
If I trust you sufficiently to take you as my servant, I can surely trust you in a matter like this.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
In the sphere of the personal we need to trust both God and man, and if we trust God we can trust man.
"Herein is Love" by Reuel L. Howe
And it is God's implicit trust in us that draws out our trust in turn.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
But do not trust to any tears, do not trust to any resolves, do not trust to any reformation.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
We need to down trusts and give the laboring-man a chance.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
And yet how few live and pray and trust as though they really do believe it!
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
Naught ill, I do hope and trust, to Mistress Benden.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt

In poetry:

Father, say
You love me and you trust me once again,
Before I bid good-night.
"The Spagnoletto. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
Thou art my everlasting trust,
Thy goodness I adore;
And since I knew thy graces first,
I speak thy glories more.
"Psalm 71 part 2" by Isaac Watts
All-wise, almighty, and all-good!
In Thee I firmly trust;
Thy ways, unknown or understood,
Are merciful and just.
"One prayer I have -- all prayers in one, --" by James Montgomery
Because they dwell at ease,
And no sad changes feel,
They neither fear nor trust thy name,
Nor learn to do thy will.
"Psalm 55" by Isaac Watts
I know the Power in whom I trust,
The arm on which I lean;
He will my Saviour ever be,
Who has my Saviour ever been.
"Trust in Providence" by John Logan
Had I trusted you--for trust, you know
Will keep love's fire forever aglow;
Then what would have mattered storm or sun,
But the watching--the waiting, all is done;
For the woman that loved, died years ago,
Years ago.
"Autumn" by Marietta Holley

In news:

How the brass busts trust.
Cubs' brain trust on lockdown before draft.
Meet the right's deregulatory brain trust .
Garth Sundem on ' Brain Trust '.
' Brain Trust ' everything you didn't know you wanted to know.
McCarthy's deal keeps Packers brain trust together.
Hungry Red Sox brain trust takes stock of the winter.
No one with half a brain trust would pick Maes.
Nancy Pelosi's Business Brain Trust .
Rating the New Brain Trust .
Obama's Economic Brain Trust .
New Brain Trust Plans Microsoft's Future.
Yankees' Brain Trust Mulls Deals.
Inside Obama's Economic Brain Trust .
Brain trust got lost on 'Twins way'.

In science:

We would like to thank the EPSRC and The Leverhulme Trust for financial support and Ren´e D’Hulst for useful discussions.
Growing Random Networks with Fitness
The degree of convergence with higher PN order provides some indication of how much these results can be trusted.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
This research was supported by the Leverhulme Trust.
Correlations and screening of topological charges in gaussian random fields
Hence, also this approximation can be trusted least near the critical point.
Nucleation times in the 2D Ising model
This work was supported by the Leverhulme Trust.
Correlations between Maxwell's multipoles for gaussian random functions on the sphere