[ UK /tɹˈuː/ ]
[ US /ˈtɹu/ ]
  1. rightly so called
    true courage
    a true friend
    a spirit which true men have always admired
  2. not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
    her interest in people was unfeigned
    true grief
    genuine emotion
  3. devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth
    true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them
  4. determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles
    true north is geographic north
  5. consistent with fact or reality; not false
    the story is true
    it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true
    the true meaning of the statement
  6. having a legally established claim
    the true and lawful king
    the legitimate heir
  7. conforming to definitive criteria
    Pythagoras was the first true mathematician
    the horseshoe crab is not a true crab
  8. in tune; accurate in pitch
    a true note
  9. accurately placed or thrown
    he was dead on target
    his aim was true
  10. accurately fitted; level
    the window frame isn't quite true
  11. expressing or given to expressing the truth
    a true statement
    gave truthful testimony
    a truthful person
  12. worthy of being depended on
    a reliable source of information
    an honest working stiff
    I would be true for there are those who trust me
    a dependable worker
    he was true to his word
    a dependable worker
    a reliable source of information
  1. as acknowledged
    true, she is the smartest in her class
  1. make level, square, balanced, or concentric
    true up the cylinder of an engine
  1. proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment
    out of true
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How To Use true In A Sentence

  • The prototypical noun may be (though need not be) quite long, stress will fall early in the word, the stressed vowel will be non-front, and the final consonant (if an obstruent) will be voiceless.
  • Here's the good news: When you bring what I call unconditional presence to the trance of fear, you create the foundation for true spiritual awakening. Undefined
  • Thereafter thought, weighing the truth or falseness of the notion, determines what is true: and this explains the Greek word for thought, dianoia, which is derived from dianoein, meaning to think and discriminate. NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus
  • The true university of these days is a collection of books. 
  • It is true that, even at the time of the discovery of nitrobenzol, he pointed out the striking similarity of its smell to that of the oil of bitter almonds. The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants
  • The course of true love never did run smooth. 
  • True to her word, Helen uses the best ingredients including free-range eggs and her own jam in her cakes.
  • by lawful/legal means. Lawful tends to be used in technical or literary contexts. The same is true of the opposites, unlawful and illegal, but illegal is used especially about criminal activities. Legal also means 'connected with the law':the US legal system.
  • But true-life tales of memory loss don't offer just drama - they also shed light on the mysteries of identity and personality.
  • All three leads are simply stellar in their roles and the interactions ring absolutely true.
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