adjective, tru·er, tru·est.
verb (used with object), trued, tru·ing or true·ing.
Origin of true
Synonyms for true
Related Words for trueperfect, genuine, normal, truthful, accurate, honest, appropriate, legitimate, pure, proper, natural, authentic, correct, sincere, typical, right, straight, direct, kosher, wash
Examples from the Web for true
Contemporary Examples of true
What happened to true love knows no boundaries and all that?Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
At 1:42 a.m., a commenter bluntly asked: “Jeff, Is it true you are a convicted sex offender?”Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking
January 8, 2015
True, this may not be what James Madison had in mind when he was writing the Bill of Rights.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
None of that is true for those brands who have booked black faces.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Historical Examples of true
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
adjective truer or truest
- unswervingly faithful and loyal to friends, a cause, etca true follower
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the loyal and the true
verb trues, truing or trued
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with true
- true blue
- true colors
- true to
- come true
- course of true love
- dream come true
- find true north
- hold good (true)
- ring false (true)
- run (true) to form
- too good to be true
- tried and true