in accordance with fact or truth; truthfully: Whatever his faults, he lived a life that can be truly said to be significant.
legitimately; by right: Those assets and properties are no longer truly his.
to the fullest extent or degree: The property should be viewed to truly appreciate all it has to offer.
to a great extent or degree: The film is littered with some truly dreadful sequences.
sincerely (a conventional term used at the end of a letter): Yours truly, Allan Burns.
indeed; without doubt; verily: Truly, she is a fair-haired angel.
Archaic. faithfully; loyally.
Old English -líce ultimately derives from the Germanic noun līkom “body, form, appearance.” This Old English suffix means something like “having the form or appearance of,” and tréowlíce therefore means “appearing faithful, looking trustworthy.”
The Romance languages (such as Spanish, Italian, French) have chosen mind over body in forming adverbs. In Spanish, claro means “clear,” and its adverb is claramente; likewise, Italian chiaro and chiaramente. In Latin this would be a phrase composed of the noun mēns “mind” and the adjective clārus “clear”: clārā mente “with a clear mind.” Even today Spanish (and Portuguese) maintain mente in its original noun sense (and not as an adverb suffix) in a chain of adverbs: thus “distinctly and clearly” is distinta y claramente in Spanish ( distinta e claramente in Portuguese), a usage that also existed in Old Italian and Provençal.
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How to use truly in a sentence
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Many scientists say that quantum computers of the sort IBM and Google are building will require at least 1,000 qubits—and possibly as many as a million qubits—before the devices become truly commercially useful.IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2023 | rhhackettfortune | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
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That would truly be a milestone to celebrate—until you see what that record “diversity” actually means.
But he was always uncommonly gracious, a truly gentle man, willing to dispense wisdom and perspective when asked.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America | John Avlon | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
To be a parent is to be able to offer truly unconditional love.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.
“I truly believe there is a Santa Claus” said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus | Ben Jacobs | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At last there appeared some probability of their accomplishing this, after a most curious and truly Mexican fashion.
truly it was a most enjoyable season and experience, but there is no joy without its alley here below—not even at the North Pole!The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
What she meant neither the Reverend John Dodd, or any other male person, could ever truly know.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
truly, with four or five thousand Chinese, the community would be well served and the country free from danger.
truly the flag of Britain was trailing in the mire, or these men would not have dared to address him in that fashion.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for truly
in a true, just, or faithful manner
(intensifier): a truly great man
- See also yours truly
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