- 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
Synonyms for trueSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for truestperfect, genuine, normal, truthful, accurate, honest, appropriate, legitimate, pure, proper, natural, authentic, correct, sincere, typical, right, straight, direct, kosher, wash
Examples from the Web for truest
Contemporary Examples of truest
The truest words at the funeral were those of young Jaden, as quoted by the governor.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
He had spoken about Rivers in the truest, most knowable way to her friends, loved ones, and colleagues.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
In this way he was, in the truest and most honorable sense, a conservative.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation
July 27, 2014
If we were friends, I might have told you he was in rehab, and that would have been the truest possible answer.Dealing With Dad the Dealer
April 9, 2014
It is the truest story I ever read; it might be the best written.Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean
March 23, 2014
Historical Examples of truest
She was truest to them in the season of trial, as all the quietly loyal and good will always be.A Tale of Two Cities
They did not leave their homes, in the truest sense,—they brought them with them.
I should call him a wise man, for to find out that tune is the truest wisdom.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Their instincts about her must be the strongest, the truest.A Spirit in Prison
And which of the three has the truest knowledge and the widest experience?The Republic
- 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 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