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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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 United States and the United Kingdom enjoy a truly special relationship. Fox News, "US ambassador to UK reacts to Trump's NATO comments," 12 July 2018 Although the girls are at different points in their lives, and in different cities all over the world, the pants bring them together and make the summer truly special. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "25 Best Summer Vacation Movies," 3 July 2018 Pompeo told USA Today that of the many characters who have come and gone throughout Shondaland’s 14 season-long (recently renewed for a record-breaking 15th season!) medical drama, Oh’s departure was the only one that truly rattled her. Anna Millard,, "Ellen Pompeo’s Reaction To Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nom Has Grey’s Fans Celebrating," 14 July 2018 With gas prices moving back up again after three-plus years of lows, the best strategy for consumers might be to have at least one truly fuel-efficient vehicle in the driveway to help even out the monthly gasoline bill. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 And though, sure, some of them are totally bogus (lookin’ at you, toothpaste spot treatments), others are really, truly excellent, as one acne-prone Reddit user discovered after slathering rosehip oil over her face to treat her zits. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Rosehip Oil Got Rid of This Woman's Acne in Only 3 Weeks," 9 July 2018 The rotisserie roasted duck was one dish that truly disappointed, a thick pad of unrendered fat still ringing its breast, whose meat was also threaded with a sinew. Craig Laban,, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 There are other spheres, of course, in which millennials may truly be less rooted. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 Peru still have a chance of going through, and not unless and until they are eliminated will Cueva truly feel the weight of his miss., "Peru's World Cup Journey: Part 2 - Setback in Saransk as History Weighs Heavy on Christian Cueva," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of truly

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

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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 \

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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