1. Law The person in a trust relationship who holds title to property for the benefit of another.
2. A member of a board elected or appointed to direct the funds and policy of an institution.
3. A country responsible for supervising a trust territory. See Usage Note at -ee1.
v. trus·teed, trus·tee·ing, trus·tees
To place (property) in the care of a trustee.
To function or serve as a trustee.
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