Etymology: Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse traust trust; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true
Date: 13th century
a. assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
b. one in which confidence is placed
a. dependence on something future or contingent ; hope
b. reliance on future payment for property (as merchandise) delivered ; credit <bought furniture on trust> 3. a. a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another b. a combination of firms or corporations formed by a legal agreement; especially one that reduces or threatens to reduce competition 4. archaic trustworthiness 5. a. (1) a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship (2) something committed or entrusted to one to be used or cared for in the interest of another b. responsible charge or office c. care, custody <the child committed to her trust> II. verb Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. a. to place confidence ; depend <trust in God> <trust to luck> b. to be confident ; hope 2. to sell or deliver on credit transitive verb 1. a. to commit or place in one's care or keeping ; entrust b. to permit to stay or go or to do something without fear or misgiving 2. a. to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of ; believe <trust a rumor> b. to place confidence in ; rely on <a friend you can trust> c. to hope or expect confidently <trusts that the problem will be resolved soon> 3. to extend credit to • trustability noun • trustable adjective • truster noun • trustingly adverb • trustingness noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.