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Definition of trust verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    trust

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//trʌst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trust
     
    he / she / it trusts
     
    past simple trusted
     
    -ing form trusting
     
     
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  1. 1to have confidence in someone; to believe that someone is good, sincere, honest, etc. trust somebody She trusts Alan implicitly. trust somebody to do something You can trust me not to tell anyone.
  2. 2trust something to believe that something is true or correct or that you can rely on it He trusted her judgment. Don't trust what the newspapers say!
  3. 3trust (that)… (formal) to hope and expect that something is true I trust (that) you have no objections to our proposals?
  4. Thesaurustrustdepend on somebody/something rely on somebody/something count on somebody/something believe in somebodyThese words all mean to believe that someone or something will do what you hope or expect of them, or that what someone tells you is correct or true.trust to believe that someone is good, honest, sincere, etc. and that they will do what you expect of them or do the right thing; to believe that something is true or correct:You can trust me not to tell anyone. Don't trust what you read in the newspapers!depend on/upon somebody/something (often used with can/cannot/could/could not) to trust someone or something to do what you expect or want, to do the right thing, or to be true or correct:He was the sort of person you could depend on. I can't depend on my own strength ever since I got sick.rely on/upon somebody/something (used especially with can/cannot/could/could not and should/should not) to trust someone or something to do what you expect or want, or to be honest, correct, or good enough:Can I rely on you to keep this secret? You can't rely on any data you get from them.trust, depend, or rely on/upon somebody/something?You can trust someone's judgment or advice, but not their support. You can depend on someone's support, judgment, or advice. Rely on/upon somebody/something is used especially with you can/could or you should to give advice or a promise:I don't really rely on his judgment. You can't really rely on his judgment.count on somebody/something (often used with can/cannot/could/could not) to be sure that someone will do what you need them to do, or that something will happen as you want it to happen:I'm counting on you to help me. We can't count on the weather.believe in somebody to feel that you can trust someone and/or that they will be successful:They need a leader they can believe in.Patterns to trust/depend on/rely on/count on somebody/something to do something to trust/believe in somebody/something to trust/depend on/rely on/count on somebody's advice/judgment to depend on/rely on/count on somebody's support to trust/depend on/rely on/believe in somebody/something completelyIdioms
    not trust somebody an inch
     
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    to not trust someone at all He says he just wants to help you but I wouldn't trust him an inch if I were you.
    trust you, him, her, etc. (to do something) (informal)
     
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    used when someone does or says something that you think is typical of them Trust John to forget Sue's birthday!
    Phrasal Verbstrust in somebody/somethingtrust to somethingtrust somebody with something/somebody
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