In a social context, trust has several connotations. Definitions of trust typically refer to a situation characterised by the following aspects: One party is willing to rely on the actions of another party ; the situation is directed to the future. In addition, the trustor abandons control over the actions performed by the trustee. As a consequence, the trustor is uncertain about the outcome of the other's actions; he can only develop and evaluate expectations. The uncertainty involves the risk of failure or harm to the trustor if the trustee will not behave as desired.

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  1. Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.
    He needs to regain her trust if he is ever going to win her back.
  2. Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
  3. Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit.
    I was out of cash, but the landlady let me have it on trust.
  4. That which is committed or entrusted; something received in confidence; a charge.
  5. That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
  6. Trustworthiness, reliability.
  7. The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
  8. The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.
    I put the house into my sister's trust.
  9. An estate devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will, or for the benefit, of another; an estate held for the use of another.
  10. A group of businessmen or traders organised for mutual benefit to produce and distribute specific commodities or services, and managed by a central body of trustees.
  11. Affirmation of the access rights of a user of a computer system.


  1. To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in.
    We cannot trust anyone who deceives us.
    In God We Trust - written on denominations of US currency
  2. To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
  3. To hope confidently; to believe; usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object.
    I trust you have cleaned your room?
  4. to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.
  5. To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.
  6. To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.
    Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.
  7. To risk; to venture confidently.
  8. To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
  9. To be confident, as of something future; to hope.
  10. To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.


  1. Secure, safe.
  2. Faithful, dependable.

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