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 intensivetruly, 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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Recent Examples on the Web Only the Second World War, and the draft that was maintained in peace and war through Korea and Vietnam, would truly create a society where men had the common experience of service. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "America’s Veterans, Then and Now," 11 Nov. 2019 This was truly a limited, questionable decision all the way through the week and game-time decision for us. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions didn't give themselves a chance with how they handled Matthew Stafford," 11 Nov. 2019 Because this is truly abhorrent rhetoric, the kind that endangers real lives and foments distrust. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "Don Cherry's racist rant about immigrants should be his last," 10 Nov. 2019 Between Thursday’s high of 57 degrees and Friday’s low of 29, celebrity style has truly run the gamut. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "How Celebs Are Dressing for Winter In New York, On a Scale of Kaley Cuoco to Kanye," 9 Nov. 2019 Not only do East and West mix in this world, but Loaëc and Kuroki have exploded the luxury lifestyle idea to be truly multisensory. Vogue, "Kitsuné Is Serving Up Parisian Cool at a New West Village Café," 8 Nov. 2019 Among other things, this showed that the Bloodhound was truly a new design. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Bloodhound LSR Is Halfway to Its 1,000-MPH Dream," 8 Nov. 2019 With those few simple words Thursday night in Mobile, Allison Moorer illustrated what sets her new memoir and album apart as truly exceptional works. Lawrence Specker |, al, "The weight and the joy: Allison Moorer brings ‘Blood’ tour to Mobile," 8 Nov. 2019 Donating plasma takes about 90 minutes, and is truly a gift of life. Megan Ryan, STAT, "My life depends on medicine made from plasma. The plasma shortage worries me," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of truly

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

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15 Nov 2019

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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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