truly

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adverb tru·ly \ ˈtrü-lē \

Definition of truly

1 :in all sincerity :sincerely often used with yours as a complimentary close
2 :in agreement with fact :truthfully
3 a :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

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 IrionScience20 June 2003
  2. By the time Columbus arrived, truly large empires existed only in Mexico. —Tim FlanneryNew York Review of Books12 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 LeeA Gesture Life1999
  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?

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First Known Use of truly

13th century


TRULY Defined for English Language Learners

truly

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adverb

Definition of truly for English Language Learners

  • : in an honest manner

  • : in truth : actually or really

  • : without question or doubt


TRULY Defined for Kids

truly

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adverb tru·ly \ ˈtrü-lē \

Definition of truly for Students

: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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