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.

Primary Meanings of trust

the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others
have confidence or faith in
something (as property) held by one party (the trustee) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary)
confer a trust upon
a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
allow without fear
expect and wish
Full Definitions of trust

n the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others

“the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity”
trustfulness, trustingness
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

n complete confidence in a person or plan etc

“the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust
Type of:
any cognitive content held as true

n a trustful relationship

“he betrayed their trust
Type of:
friendly relationship, friendship
the state of being friends (or friendly)

n certainty based on past experience

“he put more trust in his own two legs than in the gun”
Type of:
the state of being certain

v have confidence or faith in

“We can trust in God”
bank, rely, swear
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
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

v be confident about something

Type of:
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v extend credit to

“don't trust my ex-wife”
Type of:
lend, loan
give temporarily; let have for a limited time

n 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
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belongings, holding, property
something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone

v confer a trust upon

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
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give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of

n 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”
cartel, combine, corporate trust
Medellin cartel
a drug cartel in Colombia; controlled the production of cocaine from the 1970s until 1993 when the leader was killed
Cali cartel
a drug cartel that seized control of cocaine production in Colombia in 1993; adopted techniques used by terrorist organizations (small cells and sophisticated communications equipment and close ties with politicians etc.)
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
Type of:
consortium, pool, syndicate
an association of companies for some definite purpose

v allow without fear

Type of:
allow, countenance, let, permit
consent to, give permission

v expect and wish

“I trust you will behave better from now on”
desire, hope
Type of:
hope for; have a wish

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