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 intensivetruly, 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Transit workers are truly some of the unsung heroes in this crisis! Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m so grateful’," 26 Nov. 2020 Don’t be embarrassed to stand up for your beliefs, but ask yourself if this is truly the time and place. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2020: Cancer, go for seconds; Virgo, savor the day with family, loved-ones," 26 Nov. 2020 Colors were truly able to pop both with photo edits, reading and watching videos. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best computer monitors of 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 James Avery’s impact on the show was a huge example of how trailblazing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air truly was. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "7 Things We Learned From the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reunion," 20 Nov. 2020 After all, a good bottle of wine is truly something to be thankful for. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Free Thanksgiving Wine Labels to Dress Up Your Virtual Celebration," 19 Nov. 2020 And, critically, how to persuade them to behave accordingly – to do without bars and cinemas and restaurants, for example, or to stop throwing and going to parties – not just for a few days or weeks, but until the pandemic was truly under control. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "In European COVID-19 seesaw, lessons in patience for America?," 18 Nov. 2020 There is truly no greater feeling than crossing off every single person on your holiday shopping list, before the month of December even begins. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Clothing Deals From H&M, Nike, Aldo, And More," 17 Nov. 2020 Newspapers have never come close to truly being a public square, especially for people of color and immigrants in Los Angeles. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: As Trump leaves office, we talk about ‘bridging divides.’ Is that really possible?," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Truly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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