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[en-truhst] /ɛnˈtrʌst/
verb (used with object)
to charge or invest with a trust or responsibility; charge with a specified office or duty involving trust:
We entrusted him with our lives.
to commit (something) in trust to; confide, as for care, use, or performance:
to entrust a secret, money, powers, or work to another.
Also, intrust.
Origin of entrust
1595-1605; en-1 + trust
Related forms
entrustment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entrust
  • It's really something to entrust your children to someone with as much influence and authority as a schoolteacher.
  • To entrust someone with buying or selling that home should not be a leap of faith.
  • Essentially, they have to do it, because otherwise no one will entrust valuable bits to their cable system.
  • The day-care centers that millions of parents entrust their children to harbor a hidden danger.
  • He has done little to dispel the impression that he will be content to entrust the entire subject to a team of senior advisers.
  • It is dangerous to entrust your company, your personal information or indeed your life to a system that is full of security holes.
  • Customers must be convinced that they can entrust their business to the software.
  • They will make it easy for you to entrust your information with them.
  • Many state and local governments, however, continue to entrust social services to profit-driven companies.
  • Unable to entrust his sense of himself to this place, he resists measuring himself against its values and goals.
British Dictionary definitions for entrust


verb (transitive)
(usually foll by with) to invest or charge (with a duty, responsibility, etc)
(often foll by to) to put into the care or protection of someone
Derived Forms
entrustment, intrustment, noun
Usage note
It is usually considered incorrect to talk about entrusting someone to do something: the army cannot be trusted (not entrusted) to carry out orders
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for entrust

c.1600, from en- (1) "make, put in" + trust (v.). Related: Entrusted; entrusting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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