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noun trust pronunciation in British English /trʌst/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair, and reliable

    Trust is an important issue between teenagers and their parents.

    trust in:

    public trust in police officers

    put/place (your) trust in someone/something:

    Sumner placed considerable trust in his lawyer.

    abuse/betray someone's trust (=treat someone badly or dishonestly, although they trusted you):

    Jen had confided her secret to Mark, but he betrayed her trust.

    1. a.
      confidence that something is safe, reliable, or effective

      You have to be able to have trust in your backup system.

  2. 3
    [uncountable] a situation in which someone is made responsible for another person or thing
    put someone/something in the trust of someone:

    She put her children in the trust of strangers.

    a position of trust (=a job in which you have a lot of responsibility and power):

    I don't think a teenager can be expected to hold such a position of trust.


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