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adjective, tru·er, tru·est.
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.
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.
verb (used with object), trued, tru·ing or true·ing.
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.
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Idioms about true
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
synonym study for true
1. See real1.
OTHER WORDS FROM truetrueness, nounhalf-true, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for true
/ (truː) /
adjective truer or truest
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)
precisely or unswervinglyhe shot true
biology without variation from the ancestral typeto breed true
verb trues, truing or trued
(tr) to adjust so as to make true
Derived forms of truetrueness, noun
Word Origin for true
Old English triewe; related to Old Frisian triūwe, Old Saxon, Old High German triuwi loyal, Old Norse tryggr; see trow, trust
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Other Idioms and Phrases with true
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
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