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Definition of distrust verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



distrust somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distrust
he / she / it distrusts
past simple distrusted
-ing form distrusting
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to feel that you cannot trust or believe someone or something She distrusted his motives for wanting to see her again. compare mistrust Which Word?distrust / mistrust There is very little difference between these two words, but distrust is more common and perhaps slightly stronger. If you are sure that someone is acting dishonestly or cannot be relied on, you are more likely to say that you distrust them. If you are expressing doubts and suspicions, on the other hand, you would probably use mistrust.
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