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true

adjective \ ˈtrü \

Definition of true

truer; truest
1 a (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
2 a :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
5 a :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

trueness

noun

Examples of true in a Sentence

  1. Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false.

  2. If their predictions are true, we'll be in for a long winter.

  3. Is it true that you were planning to go without me?

  4. Jobs are scarce, and that is especially true for managers.

  5. The true cost proved to be much higher than they said it would be.

  6. His true character was revealed.

  7. the true meaning of the term

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Origin and Etymology of true

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 1tree


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true

adverb

Definition of true

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

Examples of true in a Sentence

  1. The bullet traveled straight and true.

First Known Use of true

14th century


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true

noun

Definition of true

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

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First Known Use of true

1531


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true

verb

Definition of true

trued; trueing also truing
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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First Known Use of true

1838


TRUE Defined for English Language Learners

true

adverb

Definition of true for English Language Learners

  • : in a straight line


true

noun

Definition of true for English Language Learners

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


TRUE Defined for Kids

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true

adjective \ ˈtrü \

Definition of true for Students

truer; truest
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.

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true

adverb

Definition of true for Students

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

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true

noun

Definition of true for Students

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

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true

verb

Definition of true for Students

trued; trueing also truing
:to bring to exactly correct condition as to place, position, or shape

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