adjective, tru·er, tru·est.
verb (used with object), trued, tru·ing or true·ing.
- trudeau, pierre elliott,
- true ankylosis,
- true anomaly,
- true believer,
- true bill,
- true blue
Origin of true
Examples from the Web for true
What happened to true love knows no boundaries and all that?Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic|Samantha Allen|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|M.L. Nestel|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One question was why Lynch did not think this was also true of cops who turned their backs earlier on Sunday.
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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The fear of its loss can alone teach us the true value of our treasure.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
She saw in them, it is true, a reflex of her own power—and that pleased, but it did not move her.Mary Marston|George MacDonald
It was true in the assembly of Israel of old, and assuredly it is not less true in the Church of God now.Life and Times of David|Charles Henry Mackintosh
This little fiction is to amuse the credulous, and would be 'important if true.'Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
The statement may be true; but instead of a cave there is only a tunnel a few rods in length.Archeological Investigations|Gerard Fowke
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