true

adjective
\ ˈtrü How to pronounce true (audio) \
truer; truest

Definition of true

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : being in accordance with the actual state of affairs true description
(2) : conformable to an essential reality
(3) : fully realized or fulfilled dreams come true
c : being that which is the case rather than what is manifest or assumed the true dimension of the problem
d : consistent true to character
2a : properly so called true love the true faith the true stomach of ruminant mammals
b(1) : possessing the basic characters of and belonging to the same natural group as a whale is a true but not a typical mammal
(2) : typical the true cats
b : honest, just
c archaic : truthful
4 : legitimate, rightful our true and lawful king
5a : that is fitted or formed or that functions accurately
b : conformable to a standard or pattern : accurate
6 : determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles true north
7 : logically necessary
8 : narrow, strict in the truest sense
9 : corrected for error

true

adverb

Definition of true (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in accordance with fact or reality
2a : without deviation the bullet flew straight and true
b : without variation from type breed true

true

noun

Definition of true (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : truth, reality usually used with the
2 : the quality or state of being accurate (as in alignment or adjustment) used in the phrases in true and out of true

true

verb
trued; trueing also truing

Definition of true (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make level, square, balanced, or concentric : bring or restore to a desired mechanical accuracy or form true up a board true up an engine cylinder

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Other Words from true

Adjective

trueness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for true

Synonyms: Adjective

authentic, bona fide, certifiable, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), real, right, sure-enough

Antonyms: Adjective

bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

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Examples of true in a Sentence

Adjective

Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false. If their predictions are true, we'll be in for a long winter. Is it true that you were planning to go without me? Jobs are scarce, and that is especially true for managers. The true cost proved to be much higher than they said it would be. His true character was revealed. the true meaning of the term

Adverb

The bullet traveled straight and true.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The same is true of poke, which is sauced specifically to keep fish firm and good-tasting. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 Being included on the list isn’t a finding of guilt, but does mean the allegation either seems to be true or has reasonable grounds to be believed, Guglielmone said. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Catholic church in SC names priests accused of sex abuse," 29 Mar. 2019 The stones, as is true of all in Adriana’s pieces, are not treated, allowing for the natural variants in each stone to shine through. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to See the Next Jewelry Masterpiece," 14 Mar. 2019 In true Aries/Leo fashion, our first date was a fiery disaster. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 Despite having not been invited to either of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's wedding ceremonies, Ellen DeGeneres was generous enough to give the newlyweds the best wedding gift of all time—in true Ellen fashion. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Ellen DeGeneres Gave Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas the Funniest Wedding Gift...Ever," 5 Feb. 2019 In true astronomer fashion, the outer pair are named Aa and Ab, while the center pair are named Ba and Bb. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Astronomers Discover Bizarre Quadruple Star System," 15 Jan. 2019 In true McLaren fashion, the Speed Orange OnePlus 6T is a glorious testament to over-the-top performance and power. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is the height of overkill—and I totally want one," 11 Dec. 2018 The fact that everybody dies at the end—in true George R.R. Martin fashion—posed an intriguing challenge for show runner Jeff Buhler and his team of writers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nightflyers has the bloody body count we expect from George R.R. Martin," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "The best sports dynamic duo ever? Try Brady and Belichick," 2 Feb. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady 'earned right' to retire when he wants, says Patriots president," 31 Jan. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "The best sports dynamic duo ever? Try Brady and Belichick," 2 Feb. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady 'earned right' to retire when he wants, says Patriots president," 31 Jan. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "The best sports dynamic duo ever? Try Brady and Belichick," 2 Feb. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady 'earned right' to retire when he wants, says Patriots president," 31 Jan. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "The best sports dynamic duo ever? Try Brady and Belichick," 2 Feb. 2018 This has been obviously a dream come true many times over. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "The best sports dynamic duo ever? Try Brady and Belichick," 2 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Because now more than ever is the time to relax, have fun, and change up your tried and trues. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Your Beauty Summer Hit List Is Here," 12 June 2017 Alas, Crosby’s rock ‘n’ roll dream-come-true was soon marred by drug addiction, which in turn led to him contracting AIDS. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Robbin Crosby of San Diego-bred band Ratt died 15 years ago at 42," 7 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That’s true more broadly, as well, in part because of how the issue has been litigated. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The Thorny Relationship Between Asians and Affirmative Action," 3 Aug. 2017 True the Vote itself has struggled to keep up momentum from the Obama era. Mark Berman And David Weigel, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's voter fraud panel gets pushback after asking states for election data," 30 June 2017 True the Vote itself has struggled to keep up momentum from the Obama era. Mark Berman, Washington Post, "Trump’s voting commission asked states to hand over election data. Some are pushing back.," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of true

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for true

Adjective

Middle English trewe, from Old English trēowe faithful; akin to Old High German gitriuwi faithful, Old Irish derb sure, and probably to Sanskrit dāruṇa hard, dāru wood — more at tree entry 1

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true

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of true

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a straight line

true

noun

English Language Learners Definition of true (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality or state of being straight, flat, even, etc.

true

adjective
\ ˈtrü How to pronounce true (audio) \
truer; truest

Kids Definition of true

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : agreeing with the facts : accurate a true story
2 : completely loyal : faithful You are a true friend.
3 : consistent or in accordance with The movie is true to the book.
4 : properly so called : genuine Mosses have no true seeds.
5 : placed or formed accurately : exact true pitch
6 : being or holding by right : legitimate the true owner
7 : fully realized or fulfilled It's a dream come true.

true

adverb

Kids Definition of true (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in agreement with fact : truthfully She speaks true.
2 : in an accurate manner : accurately The arrow flew straight and true.

true

noun

Kids Definition of true (Entry 3 of 4)

: the quality or state of being accurate (as in alignment) The door is out of true.

true

verb
trued; trueing also truing

Kids Definition of true (Entry 4 of 4)

: to bring to exactly correct condition as to place, position, or shape

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