truly

adverb
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Many fans felt the video came off like Lee wasn't truly sorry and instead was using it to seek sympathy and forgiveness. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Laura Lee Is Attempting to Apologize Again for Her Controversial Tweets," 27 Sep. 2018 Even though Easter lies rooted in Christian tradition, the holiday truly wouldn't be complete without a visit from the elusive Easter bunny. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "Your Kids Can Use This Cute Smartphone App to Call the Easter Bunny," 11 Mar. 2019 Zendaya's commitment to only casting women of color, and celebrating size and age inclusivity, is truly inspiring. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tommy x Zendaya Hits Paris Fashion Week and It's Bringing Back the Days of Disco," 2 Mar. 2019 Does his public profile truly reflect his skill set? Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is Bobby Wagner the most underappreciated superstar in Seattle sports history?," 20 Feb. 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex braved the snow to greet fans before a tour of Bristol Old Vic, which just happens to be the world's oldest working theatre (something that a former professional actress can truly appreciate? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry's Reaction to Fan in Bristol Showing Him a Picture of Princess Diana Was So Emotional," 2 Feb. 2019 Though many have tried—with Black Mirror perhaps coming closest in recent years—no one has truly matched the uncanny achievements of Rod Serling's anthology series. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Twilight Zone Is Coming Back. Here's Everything We Know About the Jordan Peele Reboot.," 30 Jan. 2019 Beautiful rich people fighting is truly my favorite thing. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 TV Shows and Movies You Must Watch This Week," 20 Jan. 2019 With most pens costing around $100, losing one truly hurts. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels," 8 Jan. 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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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 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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