Definition of trust noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trʌst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌst//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] trust (in somebody/something) the belief that somebody/something is good, sincere, honest, etc. and will not try to harm or trick you Her trust in him was unfounded. a partnership based on trust It has taken years to earn their trust. If you put your trust in me, I will not let you down. She will not betray your trust (= do something that you have asked her not to do). He was appointed to a position of trust (= a job involving a lot of responsibility, because people trust him). a breach of trust If I were you, I would not place too much trust in their findings. See related entries: Honest
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (law) an arrangement by which an organization or a group of people has legal control of money or property that has been given to somebody, usually until that person reaches a particular age; an amount of money or property that is controlled in this way He set up a trust for his children. The money will be held in trust until she is 18. Our fees depend on the value of the trust. see also unit trust
  3. 3[countable] (law) an organization or a group of people that invests money that is given or lent to it and uses the profits to help a charity a charitable trust
  4. 4[countable] (business, especially North American English) a group of companies that work together illegally to reduce competition, control prices, etc. anti-trust laws
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse traust, from traustr ‘strong’; the verb from Old Norse treysta, assimilated to the noun.Extra examples Does the plan have the trust and cooperation of the workers? He claimed the government had betrayed the trust of the British people. He undermined public trust in his office. His father put the money in trust for him until he was 21. His trust in them was misplaced. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust. Investing in a unit trust reduces risks for small investors. It’s good that you kept her trust. The President needs to rebuild his personal trust with the electorate. The proceeds will be held in trust for the children until they are eighteen. The trust owns the land and the buildings. They accepted the responsibility as a sacred trust. They followed the instructions in blind trust that all would turn out well. They had little trust for outsiders. They have placed great trust in him as a negotiator. They ran the trust as a non-profit making concern. They set up a trust for their grandchildren’s education. This girl does not exactly inspire trust. This requires a certain level of trust among the community’s members. We have absolute trust in the teachers. Wealthy people can set up overseas trusts for their children. a campaign to build consumer trust in the quality of dairy products a heritage site that is run by a charitable trust a publicly traded real estate investment trust a relationship based on trust efforts to promote mutual trust between nations the Cecil Houses Trust for old people the fragile trust that existed between them the need to restore public trust their love and trust for one another He was appointed to a position of trust. It has taken years to earn their trust. Many people feel it is a breach of trust to give out information about their loved one. Marriage should be a partnership based on trust. She will not betray your trust. She’s hoping a charitable trust will soon pay for her operation.Idioms
    in somebody’s trust, in the trust of somebody
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    being taken care of by somebody The family pet was left in the trust of a neighbour.
    take something on trust
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    to believe what somebody says even though you do not have any proof or evidence to show that it is true
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trust