tru·​ly ˈtrü-lē How to pronounce truly (audio)
: in all sincerity : sincerely
often used with yours as a complimentary close
: in agreement with fact : truthfully
: indeed
often used as an intensive
truly, she is fair
or interjectionally to express astonishment or doubt
: without feigning, falsity, or inaccuracy in truth or fact
: with exactness of construction or operation
: in a proper or suitable manner

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Truly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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tru·​ly ˈtrü-lē How to pronounce truly (audio)
: in a true manner

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