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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The numbers remain subject to change, and Wiebold says it’s too early to say the downturn is truly over. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 As a result, the next iteration of wireless service—5G—is truly important for our future civic and commercial life. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Choosing the Wrong Lane in the Race to 5G," 10 June 2019 But nothing in men’s tennis can compare, and perhaps Massú is correct that nothing ever will truly compare. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal, Pillar of Roland Garros, Wins the French Open for the 12th Time," 9 June 2019 Cheryl McKissack Daniel now sits atop the oldest African-American-owned and female-run construction company in the nation — a business her family truly built from the ground up. CBS News, "Inside the nation's oldest African-American-owned, female-run construction management firm," 8 June 2019 Gentle Giants The intellect and inquisitiveness of manta rays, which have the largest brain of all fish, makes for truly mesmerizing encounters with these benevolent behemoths. Alexandra Kirkman, Fortune, "These Sea Creatures Are Another Big Reason to Go to the Maldives," 8 June 2019 Martin truly came to prominence in the US during the late 1990s boom of teen idols. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "This songwriter has 22 number one hits. Can you guess what they are?," 6 June 2019 Edwina Kulego lipsticks are a collection of truly dynamic nude shades that make all lips look memorable. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "8 Black Owned Lip Brands Worth Running Your Mouth About," 6 June 2019 Taking a moment to 'unspouse,' to create a home that truly reflects you and your style, is a way of reclaiming your identity. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Orlando Soria's Unspouse My House Gives the Newly-Single a New Sense of Home," 6 June 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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