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adverb tru·ly \ˈtrü-lē\

Simple Definition of truly

  • : in an honest manner

  • : in truth : actually or really

  • : without question or doubt

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of truly

  1. 1a :  indeed —often used as an intensive <truly, she is fair> or interjectionally to express astonishment or doubtb :  without feigning, falsity, or inaccuracy in truth or fact

  2. 2 :  in all sincerity :  sincerely —often used with yours as a complimentary close

  3. 3 :  in agreement with fact :  truthfully

  4. 4 :  with exactness of construction or operation

  5. 5 :  in a proper or suitable manner

Examples of truly in a sentence

  1. These truly dark clusters, if they are real, would betray the universe's dirty secret: Big piles of mass don't necessarily come with lights attached. —Robert Irion, Science, 20 June 2003

  2. By the time Columbus arrived, truly large empires existed only in Mexico. —Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books, 12 June 2003

  3. The streets and sidewalks of Bedley Run truly seemed as much mine as any person's, their almost affirming solidity underfoot, bouncing me along on my diurnal way. —Chang-rae Lee, A Gesture Life, 1999

  4. I truly believe they can do it.

  5. He truly enjoyed the concert.

  6. This is truly a different situation.

  7. A country is not truly democratic until all of its citizens can vote freely.

  8. Is this poll truly representative of the voters' intentions?



13th Century

First Known Use of truly

13th century



TRULY Defined for Kids

truly

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adverb tru·ly \ˈtrü-lē\

Definition of truly for Students

  1. :  in a manner that is actual, genuine, honest, or without question <… he … smiled, displaying his mouthful of truly hideous teeth. — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>





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