/trʌst / (say trust)

1. reliance on the integrity, justice, etc., of a person, or on some quality or attribute of a thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
3. confidence in the ability or intention of a person to pay at some future time for goods, etc.; credit: to sell goods on trust.
4. one on whom or that on which one relies.
5. the state of being relied on, or the state of someone to whom something is entrusted.
6. the obligation or responsibility imposed on one in whom confidence or authority is placed: a position of trust.
7. the condition of being confided to another's care or guard: to leave something in trust with a person.
8. something committed or entrusted to one, as an office, duty, etc.
9. Law
a. a fiduciary relationship in which one person (the trustee) holds the title to property (the trust estate or trust property) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary).
b. Also, trust fund. a fund of securities, cash or other assets, held and administered under such a relationship.
10. Commerce
a. a combination of industrial or commercial companies having a central committee or board of trustees, controlling a majority or the whole of the stock of each of the constituent companies, thus making it possible to manage the concerns so as to economise expenses, regulate production, defeat competition, etc.
b. a monopolistic organisation or combination in restraint of trade whether in the form of a trust (def. 10a), contract, association or otherwise.
11. Rare reliability.
12. Law of or relating to trusts or a trust.
verb (i)
13. to have confidence; hope.
verb (t)
14. to have trust or confidence in; rely on.
15. to believe.
16. to expect confidently, hope (usually followed by a clause or an infinitive).
17. to commit or consign with trust or confidence.
18. to permit to be in some place, position, etc., or to do something, without fear of consequences: he will not trust it out of his sight.
19. to invest with a trust; entrust with something.
20. to give credit to (a person) for goods, etc., supplied.
21. put one's trust in,
a. to follow as one who will bring ultimate success, happiness, etc.
b. to believe in the efficacy of.
22. trust in, to have or place trust, reliance, or confidence in.
23. trust to, to depend on; rely on.
{Middle English, from Old Norse traust trust, shelter, protection, related to German Trost consolation}
truster, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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