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verb [transitive]     trust pronunciation in British English
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.

    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.

    2. b.
      to be confident that a fact or piece of information is true or accurate

      Don’t trust anything Mr Davis tells you.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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