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This tool allows you to find the grammatical word type of almost any word.

  • trust can be used as a adjective in the sense of "Secure, safe." or "Faithful, dependable."
  • trust can be used as a noun in the sense of "Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality." or "Dependence upon something in the future; hope." or "Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit." or "Trustworthiness, reliability." or "The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another." or "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."
  • trust can be used as a verb in the sense of "To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in." or "To give credence to; to believe; to credit." or "To hope confidently; to believe; -- usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object." or "to show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something." or "To commit, as to one's care; to intrust." or "To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment." or "To risk; to venture confidently." or "To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide." or "To be confident, as of something future; to hope." or "To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit."

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For those interested in a little info about this site: it's a side project that I developed while working on Describing Words and Related Words. Both of those projects are based around words, but have much grander goals. I had an idea for a website that simply explains the word types of the words that you search for - just like a dictionary, but focussed on the part of speech of the words. And since I already had a lot of the infrastructure in place from the other two sites, I figured it wouldn't be too much more work to get this up and running.

The dictionary is based on the amazing Wiktionary project by wikimedia. I initially started with WordNet, but then realised that it was missing many types of words/lemma (determiners, pronouns, abbreviations, and many more). This caused me to investigate the 1913 edition of Websters Dictionary - which is now in the public domain. However, after a day's work wrangling it into a database I realised that there were far too many errors (especially with the part-of-speech tagging) for it to be viable for Word Type.

Finally, I went back to Wiktionary - which I already knew about, but had been avoiding because it's not properly structured for parsing. That's when I stumbled across the UBY project - an amazing project which needs more recognition. The researchers have parsed the whole of Wiktionary and other sources, and compiled everything into a single unified resource. I simply extracted the Wiktionary entries and threw them into this interface! So it took a little more work than expected, but I'm happy I kept at it after the first couple of blunders.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: the UBY project (mentioned above), @mongodb and express.js.

Currently, this is based on a version of wiktionary which is a few years old. I plan to update it to a newer version soon and that update should bring in a bunch of new word senses for many words (or more accurately, lemma).

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