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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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  • Why will you not name the man who entrusted you with that matter for copying?

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • One entrusted by A with the secrets of B, confided by him to C.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Yes, this initial task of voice classification is far too important to be entrusted to "any teacher."

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • Jules Favre was entrusted with the negotiations with Bismarck.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Frank had been relieved at the wheel by Arnold who loved to be entrusted with the management of the boat.

    Boy Scouts in Southern Waters G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for entrusted


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 entrusted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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