truly

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
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

Synonyms

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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But keep the good champagne on ice, because the truly remarkable breakthroughs in spaceflight are right around the corner. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 For truly cash-poor families, regularly saving money or avoiding overdraft fees is a Herculean task. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 The cost: $190 The good: The Jabra Active Elite 65t are fully sweat-resistant, truly wireless earphones that fit comfortably and securely. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "The best wireless headphones for running," 23 Oct. 2018 Recently, the powerhouse athlete seems to have found her signature look: a curly texture with a truly next-level case of deep caramel balayage. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "15 Celebrities Who Prove a Dye Job Makes a Huge Difference," 18 Oct. 2018 Growth is set to take off in 2020, when California will require all new homes be truly net-zero. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Your Next Home Might Not Need Any Energy at All," 22 Dec. 2018 Features excellent accents from areas of America with very cold weather, at least one famously inspiring locker room speech, and some truly impressive hockey flow. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Sick of Holiday Movies? Help Is On the Way," 21 Dec. 2018 All of her ornaments are made-to-order, which means each bauble is truly one-of-a-kind. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Russian Artist Create Gorgeous Hand-Painted Ornaments," 21 Dec. 2018 The only way to truly do that would be to make every vehicle accessible to everyone, with every access point designed not as giant car elevators or twirling driveway ramps, but as walkable boarding areas for people who don’t have cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "We don’t need more dedicated places where cars can go fast," 20 Dec. 2018

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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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truly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of truly

: in an honest manner

: in truth : actually or really

: without question or doubt

truly

adverb
tru·​ly | \ ˈtrü-lē \

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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