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

Example Sentences

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web In my experience, evidence makes no difference at all — not to the truly committed. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 31 Jan. 2023 No tight end has truly taken over a Super Bowl, but Gronk came pretty close against the Eagles, finishing with nine receptions, 116 yards and a pair of scores in a losing effort. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2023 But with the Ukraine war, Telegram truly seemed to find its purpose. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 These are truly joyous affairs for these underrepresented communities that also serve to help level the playing field during awards season. Shawn Edwards, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2023 With push-button remote control for nearly all the trolling motor’s functions, Minn Kota’s Riptide Ulterra is truly hands-free. Ric Burnley, Outdoor Life, 30 Jan. 2023 This powerhouse combination of three Image Skincare products has truly transformed my complexion over the past month. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2023 All of this contributes to creating a home that's not only safe and secure, but in which its inhabitants can truly feel at home. Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 30 Jan. 2023 Official attendance figures don't truly paint the picture of how bleak the scene at NRG Stadium was on Sundays last fall, with a sea of empty seats widening with each coming week. Josh Criswell, Chron, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Truly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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

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