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verb [transitive] trust pronunciation in British English /trʌst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletrusting
past tensetrusted
past participletrusted
  1. to be confident that someone is honest, fair, and reliable

    Both communities have to trust each other.

    Politicians just can’t be trusted.

    trust someone to do something:

    Can we trust you to give John the message?

    trust someone with something:

    I can always trust him with a secret.

    1. a.
      to be confident that something is safe, reliable, or effective

      Never trust cheap locks like these.

      trust something to do something:

      I wouldn’t trust that ladder to hold me up.

      trust someone’s judgment (=be confident that they can make good decisions):

      I trust his judgment on legal issues.


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