If you trust someone then you believe that they’re honest and reliable. If you loan your car to someone, you had better trust them to bring it back to you, and in good shape.

Trust takes many forms. You could trust in something abstract, like the idea that things happen for a reason. If you are naïve, people might take advantage of your trust. A trust can also be a fund or an alliance meant to take care of something. A trust fund gives money to some lucky trustee so that he doesn’t need to worry about employment. A wildlife trust saves land from development so animals can live there.

Definitions of trust
  1. noun
    the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others
    “the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity”
    synonyms: trustfulness, trustingness
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    distrust, distrustfulness, mistrust
    the trait of not trusting others
    tendency to believe readily
    too much credulity
    type of:
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  2. noun
    complete confidence in a person or plan etc
    “the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust
    synonyms: faith
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    any cognitive content held as true
  3. noun
    a trustful relationship
    “he betrayed their trust
    synonyms: confidence
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    type of:
    friendly relationship, friendship
    the state of being friends (or friendly)
  4. noun
    certainty based on past experience
    synonyms: reliance
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    the state of being certain
  5. verb
    have confidence or faith in
    synonyms: bank, rely, swear
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    disbelieve, distrust, mistrust, suspect
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
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    have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of
    lean, rely
    rely on for support
    bet, calculate, count, depend, look, reckon
    have faith or confidence in
    credit with veracity
    type of:
    accept as true; take to be true
  6. verb
    be confident about something
    synonyms: believe
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    anticipate, expect
    regard something as probable or likely
  7. verb
    extend credit to
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    lend, loan
    give temporarily; let have for a limited time
  8. 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”
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    active trust
    a trust in which the trustee must perform certain duties
    blind trust
    a trust that enables a person to avoid possible conflict of interest by transferring assets to a fiduciary; the person establishing the trust gives up the right to information about the assets
    passive trust
    a trust in which the trustee performs no active duties
    charitable trust, public trust
    a trust created for charitable or religious or educational or scientific purposes
    Clifford trust, grantor trust
    a trust established to shift the income to someone who is taxed at a lower rate than the grantor for a period of 10 years or more
    implied trust
    a trust inferred by operation of law
    direct trust, express trust
    a trust created by the free and deliberate act of the parties involved (usually on the basis of written documentation)
    discretionary trust
    a trust that gives the trustee discretion to pay the beneficiary as much of the trust income as the trustee believes appropriate
    inter vivos trust, living trust
    a trust created and operating during the grantor's lifetime
    spendthrift trust
    a trust created to maintain a beneficiary but to be secure against the beneficiary's improvidence
    testamentary trust
    a trust that is created under a will and that becomes active after the grantor dies
    Totten trust, savings account trust, savings bank trust, trust account, trustee account
    a savings account deposited by someone who makes themselves the trustee for a beneficiary and who controls it during their lifetime; afterward the balance is payable to the previously named beneficiary
    voting trust
    an agreement whereby persons owning stock with voting powers retain ownership while transferring the voting rights to the trustees
    constructive trust, involuntary trust
    a trust created by a court (regardless of the intent of the parties) to benefit a party that has been wrongfully deprived of its rights
    resulting trust
    a trust created by a court when it is judged that it was the intention of the parties to create a trust
    type of:
    belongings, holding, property
    something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone
  9. verb
    confer a trust upon
    synonyms: commit, confide, entrust, intrust
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    give to in charge
    charge, consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
    commit again
    commit in order to fulfill an obligation
    give as a guarantee
    hock, pawn, soak
    leave as a guarantee in return for money
    hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping
    consign for shipment on a vehicle
    type of:
    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  10. 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”
    synonyms: cartel, combine, corporate trust
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    drug cartel
    an illicit cartel formed to control the production and distribution of narcotic drugs
    oil cartel
    a cartel of companies or nations formed to control the production and distribution of oil
    OPEC, Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries
    an organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the production and sale of petroleum
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    consortium, pool, syndicate
    an association of companies for some definite purpose
  11. verb
    allow without fear
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    allow, countenance, let, permit
    consent to, give permission
  12. verb
    expect and wish
    “I trust you will behave better from now on”
    synonyms: desire, hope
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    hope for; have a wish
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