• Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.
  • Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
  • Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit.
  • That which is committed or entrusted; something received in confidence; a charge.
  • That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
  • Trustworthiness, reliability.
  • The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
  • The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.
  • An arrangement whereby property or money is given to be held by a third party (a trustee), on the basis that it will be managed for the benefit of, or eventually transferred to, a stated beneficiary; for example, money to be given to a child when he or she reaches adulthood.
  • 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.
  • Affirmation of the access rights of a user of a computer system.


  • To place confidence in, to rely on, to confide in.
  • To have faith in; to rely on for continuing support or aid.
  • To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
  • To hope confidently; to believe (usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object)
  • to show confidence in a person by entrusting them with something.
  • To commit, as to one's care; to entrust.
  • To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.
  • To rely on (something), as though having trust (on it).
  • To risk; to venture confidently.
  • To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
  • To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.



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  • From Middle English trust ("trust, protection"), from Old Norse traust ("confidence, help, protection"), from Proto-Germanic *traustą, from Proto-Indo-European *drowsdom, from Proto-Indo-European *deru- ("be firm, hard, solid").
  • Akin to Danish trøst ("comfort, solace"), Saterland Frisian Traast ("comfort, solace"), West Frisian treast ("comfort, solace"), Dutch troost ("comfort, consolation"), German Trost ("comfort, consolation"), Gothic trausti ("alliance, pact"). More at true, tree.

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