\ 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
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

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 That was certainly true of Otto Neurath, one of the main authors of the manifesto and the most vivid personality in the Circle. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, "Philosophy in the Shadow of Nazism," 12 Oct. 2020 However, this was only true when implementing transmission mitigation practices. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Moms infected with COVID-19 don't need to separate from their newborn after birth, study suggests," 12 Oct. 2020 The same is less true in Space City at the beginning of a tropical storm, so sometimes what was an uplifting constitutional can quickly turn into a gloomy march. Joanna O'leary, Houston Chronicle, "How long walks connected me to Houston, my neighbors and myself," 12 Oct. 2020 That's an idea that is also true of players and might resonate with James Harden, who has led the league in points scored in the past three years, but despite that personal accolade, has zero titles to show for it. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "How LeBron James stacks up against basketball's greats," 12 Oct. 2020 That a movement dedicated to right-wing terrorism would trace its origins to rural Michigan is not as strange as if the same had been true of, say, Seattle. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Why would someone plan to abduct the governor of Michigan?," 10 Oct. 2020 That couldn’t be more true than in the final seconds, when the ball found itself in Danny Green’s hands for an open shot that missed badly. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Duncan Robinson’s emergence shows how X-factors could decide Lakers vs. Heat," 10 Oct. 2020 That's going to be even more true this year, since significantly more people than normal are expected to vote by mail because of the pandemic. Herb Jackson, Star Tribune, "All states must process mail-in ballots in advance. Here's why," 9 Oct. 2020 The targets seem to be saying many of the trends appearing in the pandemic are actually enduring shifts in consumer habits, which is likely only true for some. David Benoit, WSJ, "Stocks Climb, on Course for Best Week in Three Months," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg, Switzerland is making dreams come true worldwide with its new grandiose chocolate museum and breathtaking fountain. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Lindt master chocolatier opens world's largest chocolate museum and fountain," 14 Sep. 2020 The words of former First Lady Michelle Obama rang true to many across America and around the world. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, August 7," 7 Aug. 2020 But this song’s agenda rings true now more than ever: Check in on your loved ones. Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas musicians face the coronavirus situation by asking, ‘Are we OK?’," 9 Apr. 2020 The Patriots have earned that distrust, but this time their alibi rings true more than the allegation. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "When it comes to videotaping of Bengals, Patriots deserve the benefit of the doubt," 10 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Isn’t the same true of Padres star Fernando Tatis, Jr.? Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Bills, exuberant upstarts, are the 2020 Padres of the NFL," 5 Oct. 2020 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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The first known use of true was before the 12th century

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19 Oct 2020

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“True.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/true. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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.
\ 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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