Definition for TRUST

TRUST, n. [Dan. tröst, consolation; tröster, to comfort, that is, to strengthen; miströster, to distrust, to discourage; Sw. tröst, confidence, trust, consolation; trösta, to console; miströsta, to distrust, to despair. The Saxon has trywsian, to trust, to obligate. Qu. Gr. θαρσω.]

  1. Confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. He that patteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Prov. xxix.
  2. He or that which is the ground of confidence. O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth. Ps. lxxi.
  3. Charge received in confidence. Reward them well, if they observe their trust. Denham.
  4. That which is committed to one's care. Never violate a sacred trust.
  5. Confident opinion of any event. His trust was with th' Eternal to be deem'd / Equal in strength. Milton.
  6. Credit given without examination; as, to take opinions on trust.
  7. Credit on promise of payment, actual or implied; as, to take or purchase goods on trust.
  8. Something committed to a person's care for use or management, and for which an account must be rendered. Every man's talents and advantages are a trust committed to him by his Maker, and for the use or employment of which he is accountable.
  9. Confidence; special reliance on supposed honesty.
  10. State of him to whom something is intrusted. I serve him truly, that will put me in trust. Shak.
  11. Care; management. 1 Tim. vi.
  12. In law, an estate, devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will of another; an estate held for the use of another. Blackstone.

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