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

 

mistrust

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verb
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌst//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mistrust
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌst//
 
he / she / it mistrusts
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌsts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌsts//
 
past simple mistrusted
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
past participle mistrusted
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌstɪd//
 
-ing form mistrusting
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌstɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsˈtrʌstɪŋ//
 
 
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mistrust somebody/something to have no confidence in somebody/something because you think they may be harmful; to not trust somebody/something synonym distrust She mistrusts anyone in a position of authority. 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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