True

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English

Adjective

True (comparative truer, superlative truest)

  1. (of a statement) concurring with a given set of facts; factually correct.
  2. (logic) A state in Boolean logic that indicates an affirmative or positive result.
    "A and B" is true if and only if "A" is true and "B" is true.
  3. Loyal, faithful.
    He’s turned out to be a true friend.
  4. Genuine.
    This is true Parmesan cheese.
  5. Legitimate.
    The true king has returned!
  6. (of an aim or missile in archery, shooting, golf, etc.) Accurate; following a path toward the target.

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True (not comparable)

  1. (of shooting, throwing etc) accurately
    this gun shoots true

Noun

True

  1. Truth.
  2. The state of being in alignment.
    • 1904, Lester Gray French, Machinery, Volume 10,
      Some toolmakers are very careless when drilling the first hole through work that is to be bored, claiming that if the drilled hole comes out of true somewhat it can be brought true with the boring tool.
    • 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, O Russet Witch! in Tales of the Jazz Age,
      She clapped her hands happily, and he thought how pretty she was really, that is, the upper part of her face—from the bridge of the nose down she was somewhat out of true.
    • 1994, Bruce Palmer, How to Restore Your Harley-Davidson,
      The strength and number of blows depends on how far out of true the shafts are.

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Verb

True (third-person singular simple present trues, present participle trueing or truing, simple past and past participle trued)

  1. To straighten.
    He trued the spokes of the bicycle wheel.
  2. To make even, level, symmetrical, or accurate, align; adjust.
    We spent all night truing up the report.

Notes

  • Often followed by up.

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Adverbs for True

apparently; positively; unquestionably; avowedly; confessedly; admittedly; professedly; palpably; essentially; obviously; evidently; manifestly; officially; reliably; solemnly; disagreeably; accidentally; fundamentally; profoundly; disgracefully; unpleasantly; horribly; intrinsically; gloriously; unanswerably; painfully; heavily; ironically; shockingly; sublimely; universally.

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Christian, absolute, acceptable, accepted, accommodate, accord, accurate, accurately, active, actual, adapt, adjust, adjust to, apodictic, applicable, appropriate, approved, ardent, arrowlike, ascertained, assimilate, attested, attune, authentic, authenticated, authoritative, be realized, befitting, bona fide, bound, candidly, canonical, careful, categorically true, certain, certified, clear, clear and distinct, clear as day, come to pass, come true, committed, compliant, conclusive, confirmed, conforming, conscientious, consistent, constant, conventional, coordinate, correct, correctly, corroborated, creditable, customary, cut to, de facto, dead straight, decisive, dedicated, definite, demonstrated, dependable, desired, determinate, determined, devoted, devout, direct, documentary, duteous, dutiful, effectual, equalize, established, estimable, evangelical, even, exact, exactly, expressive, factual, faithful, faithworthy, fast, finicky, firm, fit, fitting, fix, fixed, flat, flinty, for real, frankly, fussy, gear to, genuine, happen, harmonize, high-principled, historical, homologate, homologize, honest, honest-to-God, honestly, honorable, horizontal, immovable, in a line, incorruptible, indicative, indubitable, ineluctable, inevitable, inflexible, inviolable, just, key to, kosher, lawful, legal, legitimate, level, liege, linear, literal, loyal, make plumb, make uniform, marble-constant, mathematical, meaningful, measure, meticulous, mindful, natural, necessary, normal, not in error, objectively true, observant, occur, of the faith, orthodox, orthodoxical, overnice, perfectly sure, place, positive, practicing, precise, predestined, predetermined, proper, proportion, proved, proven, punctilious, punctual, put in tune, real, realistic, received, reconcile, rectify, rectilineal, rectilinear, regardful, regular, regulate, reliable, resolute, responsible, right, right-minded, rightful, ruler-straight, scriptural, scrupulous, set, set right, settled, significant, similarize, sincere, sincerely, smooth, sot, sound, stable, standard, staunch, steadfast, steady, steely, straight, straight-cut, straight-front, straight-side, straightforwardly, streamlined, strict, substantial, substantiated, suggestive, suitable, sure, sure-enough, sync, synchronize, tailor, take, tested, textual, to be trusted, traditional, traditionalistic, tried, tried and true, trim to, true as gospel, true up, true-blue, true-meaning, true-speaking, true-tongued, truehearted, truly, trustable, trustworthy, trusty, truth-bearing, truth-declaring, truth-desiring, truth-filled, truth-guarding, truth-loving, truth-passing, truth-speaking, truth-telling, truthful, truthfully, tune, typical, unadulterated, unambiguous, unbending, unbent, unbowed, unbroken, unconfuted, uncurved, undeflectable, undeflected, undeniable, undenied, undesigning, undeviating, undissembled, undistorted, undoubted, unequivocal, unerring, unerroneous, unfailing, unfallacious, unfalse, unfeigned, unflappable, uninterrupted, univocal, unmistakable, unmistaken, unperfidious, unquestionable, unrefuted, unshaken, unswerving, untreacherous, unturned, unvarnished, unwavering, unyielding, upright, valid, validated, veracious, veridical, verifiable, verified, veritable, vertical, very, whole-hearted, worthy

Etymology

Middle English trewe (loyal, faithful, firm, steadfast, adhering to the truth) from Old English trēowe (firm, loyal, trustworthy) from Proto-Germanic *triwwijaz (having good faith) from Proto-Indo-European *dru- (tree) from Proto-Indo-European *deru- (to be firm, solid). Akin to Old Frisian triuwi (true, faithful) (Dutch getrouw), Old High German gatriuwu (faithful, loyal) (German treu "faithful, true"), Old Norse tryggr (faithful, true), Gothic 𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍅𐍃 (triggws, faithful, trusty), Old English trēo, trēow (tree). More at tree.

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