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Definition of mistrust verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

mistrust

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌst//
 
mistrust somebody/somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mistrust
 
he / she / it mistrusts
 
past simple mistrusted
 
-ing form mistrusting
 
 
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to have no confidence in someone or something because you think they may be harmful; to not trust someone or something synonym distrust 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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