Definition of trust
trust (plural trusts)
- Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.
* 1671, O ever-failing trust / In mortal strength! - John Milton, Samson Agonistes
He needs to regain her trust if he is ever going to let her back.
- Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
* 1611, Such trust have we through Christ. - Authorised Version, 2 Corinthians iii:4.
- Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit.
I was out of cash, but the landlady let me have it on trust.
- (rare) Trustworthiness, reliability.
- (law) The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.
I put the house into my sister's trust.
- A group of businessmen or traders organised for mutual benefit to produce and distribute specific commodities or services, and managed by a central body of trustees.
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