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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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 Having a guide to that context—the book is blessedly well-indexed by topic, song, and artist—is truly a gift. Wired Staff, Wired, 26 Nov. 2021 This week's episode of RHOSLC was great, but there is truly no topping the one that came before it. Mary Sollosi,, 26 Nov. 2021 This was truly the one moment in the episode that made my ears perk up. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 Economists say that while inflation is indeed occurring, the expectation of inflation is truly what’s altering consumer attitudes and behavior. Faiz Shakir, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2021 This album is truly a masterpiece and will exceed all expectations. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2021 Entering the NBA season, only one NBA head coach was truly on the hot seat. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2021 The desire to share my perspective on how incredible everyday life can truly be is on full display not just through writing, but also in artwork. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021 How to adopt: Friendly, loving and gets along with everyone, including other dogs and children, Bella Beanbag truly is the whole package plus a bag of chips! The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of truly

: in an honest manner : sincerely
: 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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