Meaning of “trust” in the English Dictionary

"trust" in English

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trust verb (BELIEVE)

B1 [ I or T ] to believe that someone is good and honest and will not harm you, or that something is safe and reliable:

My sister warned me not to trust him.
Trust me - I know about these things.
Trust your instincts, and do what you think is right.
I don't trust air travel - it's unnatural.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] I trust him to make the right decision.
That man is not to be trusted.
I wouldn't trust him with my car.
Sometimes you have to trust in the goodness of human nature.
However much you plan an expedition like this, you still have to trust to luck to a certain extent.

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  • He's such a liar - you can't trust a word he says.
  • I can't employ him in the shop unless I can trust him.
  • After what she did to me, I'll never trust her again.
  • You can trust Ruth because she always does things by the rules.
  • He's a sly old devil - I wouldn't trust him with my money.

trust verb (HOPE)

C1 [ I ] formal to hope and expect that something is true:

[ + (that) ] I trust (that) you slept well?
The meeting went well, I trust.


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trust noun (BELIEF)

B2 [ U ] the belief that you can trust someone or something:

We were obviously wrong to put our trust in her.
He's in a position of trust (= a position with responsibilities, especially to the public).
take sth on trust

to believe that something is true although you have no proof

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trust noun (ORGANIZATION)

[ C ] an organization that controls property and/or money for another person:

He works for a charitable trust.
Housing trusts help to provide houses for people who are not well off.

[ C ] US used in the name of some banks:

Morgan Guaranty Trust

(Definition of “trust” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trust" in American English

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trustverb [ I/T ]

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trust verb [ I/T ] (BELIEVE)

to have confidence in something, or to believe in someone:

[ T ] Trust me – I would never lie to you.
[ T ] I was tested, but I’m not sure I trust the results.
[ I ] I have finally learned to trust in my own abilities.

trust verb [ I/T ] (HOPE)

to hope and expect that something is true:

[ T ] I trust (that) you slept well?


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trust noun (ARRANGEMENT)

[ C/U ] social studies a legal arrangement in which a person or organization controls property or money for the benefit of another person or organization:

[ U ] The money is being held in trust for her until she turns 21.

[ C/U ] social studies A trust is also a group of people or organizations that controls property or money for its own benefit, or the property or money controlled by the group:

[ C ] The danger of trusts is that they can become very powerful.

trust noun (BELIEF)

[ U ] the belief that you can trust someone or something:

Their relationship is based on trust and understanding.
We were obviously wrong to put our trust in her.

(Definition of “trust” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"trust" in Business English

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[ U ] belief that you can depend on someone or something:

Following the recent scandals the industry has to rebuild public trust.
Any good business relationship is built on mutual trust.
He was elected as a public official in a position of trust.

[ C or U ] LAW, FINANCE a legal arrangement in which you give a person or organization the right to manage money or property for a particular person or group of people that you have chosen to receive the money:

In her will she set up a trust to provide scholarships for young musicians.
His inheritance was held in trust until he reached 18.
They consulted a solicitor on how to move the controlled trust money.

[ C ] LAW, FINANCE an organization that manages money or property for another person or group:

set up/establish a trust
The company is owned by a trust on behalf of staff.
She is director of the not-for-profit trust that runs the parks.

[ C ] LAW, FINANCE an arrangement between two or more companies to work together illegally, for example to control prices:

There are difficulties with the laws relating to illegal trusts.
The agreement was found to have breached US anti trust laws.

(Definition of “trust” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)