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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.
1595-1605; en-1 + trust
Related forms
entrustment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entrusted
  • All care deeply about the animals entrusted to them, no matter what species.
  • We would film the mummy as the medical team, entrusted with his meticulous preservation, did their monthly examination.
  • Society has entrusted the nursing profession with the care of body, mind and spirit in order to promote human flourishing.
  • Their parents have entrusted their safety to us as academics.
  • But if not, then it would be a brave cryptographer who entrusted secrets to this method.
  • He's built plenty of robots, but he's never entrusted his life to one of his creations.
  • We expressed no opinion on what his penalty should be but entrusted it to the sound judgment of the district court.
  • The guy is abusing the power entrusted to him by the voters to go on a misguided witch-hunt.
  • By not getting the vaccine, they are further endangering the lives of the children that they are entrusted to care for.
  • He entrusted the decision for her care to other physicians.
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
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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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