- being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false: a true story.
- real; genuine; authentic: true gold; true feelings.
- sincere; not deceitful: a true interest in someone's welfare.
- firm in allegiance; loyal; faithful; steadfast: a true friend.
- being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something: the true meaning of his statement.
- conforming to or consistent with a standard, pattern, or the like: a true copy.
- exact; precise; accurate; correct: a true balance.
- of the right kind; such as it should be; proper: to arrange things in their true order.
- properly so called; rightly answering to a description: true statesmanship.
- legitimate or rightful: the true heir.
- reliable, unfailing, or sure: a true sign.
- exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted, or placed, as a surface, instrument, or part of a mechanism.
- honest; honorable; upright.
- Biology. conforming to the type, norm, or standard of structure of a particular group; typical: The lion is a true cat.
- Animal Husbandry. purebred.
- Navigation. (of a bearing, course, etc.) determined in relation to true north.
- Archaic. truthful.
- exact or accurate formation, position, or adjustment: to be out of true.
- the true, something that is true; truth.
- in a true manner; truly; truthfully.
- exactly or accurately.
- in conformity with the ancestral type: to breed true.
- to make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately: to true the wheels of a bicycle after striking a pothole.
- (especially in carpentry) to make even, symmetrical, level, etc. (often followed by up): to true up the sides of a door.
- come true, to have the expected or hoped-for result; become a reality: She couldn't believe that her dream would ever come true.
Origin of true
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Examples from the Web for true
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One question was why Lynch did not think this was also true of cops who turned their backs earlier on Sunday.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
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Like his old man, he keeps it reined in, but when talking about fishing, a true regret seeps out.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
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Is there any other wisdom, than true simplicity and innocence?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Now, all at once, he saw this to be a world in which dreams come more than true.
"In spite of all that, it may be true enough," returned the lawyer, composedly.Brave and Bold
That he was unable to do, even if it were true, which he doubted.
No doubt it was true, for she would have insisted on moderate cleanliness and comfort.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- not false, fictional, or illusory; factual or factually accurate; conforming with reality
- (prenominal) being of real or natural origin; genuine; not synthetictrue leather
- unswervingly faithful and loyal to friends, a cause, etca true follower
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the loyal and the true
- faithful to a particular concept of truth, esp of religious trutha true believer
- conforming to a required standard, law, or patterna true aim; a true fit
- exactly in tunea true note
- (of a compass bearing) according to the earth's geographical rather than magnetic polestrue north
- biology conforming to the typical structure of a designated typesphagnum moss is a true moss, Spanish moss is not
- physics not apparent or relative; taking into account all complicating factorsthe true expansion of a liquid takes into account the expansion of the container Compare apparent (def. 3)
- not true informal unbelievable; remarkableshe's got so much money it's not true
- true to life exactly comparable with reality
- correct alignment (esp in the phrases in true, out of true)
- truthfully; rightly
- precisely or unswervinglyhe shot true
- biology without variation from the ancestral typeto breed true
- (tr) to adjust so as to make true
Word Origin and History for true
Old English triewe (West Saxon), treowe (Mercian) "faithful, trustworthy," from Proto-Germanic *trewwjaz "having or characterized by good faith" (cf. Old Frisian triuwi, Dutch getrouw, Old High German gatriuwu, German treu, Old Norse tryggr, Gothic triggws "faithful, trusty"), perhaps ultimately from PIE *dru- "tree," on the notion of "steadfast as an oak." Cf., from same root, Lithuanian drutas "firm," Welsh drud, Old Irish dron "strong," Welsh derw "true," Old Irish derb "sure."
Sense of "consistent with fact" first recorded c.1200; that of "real, genuine, not counterfeit" is from late 14c.; that of "agreeing with a certain standard" (as true north) is from c.1550. Of artifacts, "accurately fitted or shaped" it is recorded from late 15c.; the verb in this sense is from 1841. True-love (adj.) is recorded from late 15c.; true-born first attested 1590s. True-false as a type of test question is recorded from 1923.