tru·​ly | \ ˈtrü-lē How to pronounce truly (audio) \

Definition of truly

1 : in all sincerity : sincerely often used with yours as a complimentary close
2 : in agreement with fact : truthfully
3a : indeed often used as an intensive truly, she is fair or interjectionally to express astonishment or doubt
b : without feigning, falsity, or inaccuracy in truth or fact
4 : with exactness of construction or operation
5 : in a proper or suitable manner

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Synonyms for truly


even, indeed, nay, verily, yea

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Examples of truly in a Sentence

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 By the time Columbus arrived, truly large empires existed only in Mexico. — Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books, 12 June 2003 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 I truly believe they can do it. He truly enjoyed the concert. This is truly a different situation. A country is not truly democratic until all of its citizens can vote freely. Is this poll truly representative of the voters' intentions?
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This career really, truly feels like what I’m supposed to be doing. Allison Glock, Marie Claire, "Awkwafina Never Thought She'd End Up Here," 11 Sep. 2019 Chocolate and peanut butter is truly one of the great, sweet culinary pairings., "Bixby Bars had some bite-size babies - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 The Taming of the Shrew is providing our troupe the opportunity to create and deliver a truly unique production by coupling Shakespeare’s vintage humor with their contemporary perspective of societal views of gender roles. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Clements Theatre explores who is actually being tamed in Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’," 16 Sep. 2019 Cool Spot, which came out on the Super Nintendo and Genesis in 1993, was also one of the first truly good product placement games. Soleil Ho,, "Is America ready for a Colonel Sanders computer game?," 16 Sep. 2019 While pants were yet to truly enter the scene, culottes worked as casual kit for day; at night they might be worn long and pajama-like for more informal, or at-home, evenings. Vogue, "The Ups and Downs of Culottes," 16 Sep. 2019 And truly comprehensive treatment would address all of those aspects. Terry Demio, USA TODAY, "Plagued with addictions: Opioid treatment not enough so he became a 'garbage can' for drugs," 15 Sep. 2019 Carr must manage the game I’ve said before the only quarterback Gruden ever truly trusted was Rich Gannon. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Five keys for the Raiders against AFC West powerhouse Kansas City," 14 Sep. 2019 First, politically incorrect speech tends to strike listeners as sincere, indicating that the communicator’s beliefs are truly held. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Politically incorrect speech can be good politics," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of truly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

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The first known use of truly was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of truly

: in an honest manner
: in truth : actually or really
: without question or doubt


tru·​ly | \ ˈtrü-lē How to pronounce truly (audio) \

Kids Definition of truly

: 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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