adjective, tru·er, tru·est.
verb (used with object), trued, tru·ing or true·ing.
Origin of true
Synonyms for true
Related Words for truingcontrol, readjust, standardize, monitor, rectify, oversee, govern, administer, adjust, determine, supervise, coordinate, handle, balance, conduct, classify, improve, set, reconcile, direct
Examples from the Web for truing
Historical Examples of truing
A machine for truing the surfaces of wood-work that are to form a joint.
Special grinders are used for truing these hardened centers.
This facing head is also used frequently for truing the flanges of cylinders which are to be bored, and for similar work.
The use of airplanes in this country will require men for rigging, for truing up the wires and struts.Opportunities in Aviation
First, the bar may be set to accommodate the cylinder bore, truing it out with as light a cut as possible.
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