Definition of distrust verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

distrust

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌst//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they distrust
BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌst//
 
he / she / it distrusts
BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌsts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌsts//
 
past simple distrusted
BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
past participle distrusted
BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
-ing form distrusting
BrE BrE//dɪsˈtrʌstɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈtrʌstɪŋ//
 
 
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distrust somebody/something to feel that you cannot trust or believe somebody/something She distrusted his motives for wanting to see her again. 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. compare mistrust
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