noun proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment
verb make level, square, balanced, or concentric
- true up the cylinder of an engine
adjective 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"- B. Russell
- the true meaning of the statement
adjective satellite accurately placed or thrown
dead on target.
- his aim was true
- he was dead on target
adjective satellite devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth
- true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them
adjective expressing or given to expressing the truth
- a true statement
- gave truthful testimony
- a truthful person
adjective satellite conforming to definitive criteria
- the horseshoe crab is not a true crab
- Pythagoras was the first true mathematician
adjective satellite worthy of being depended on
reliable; dependable; honest.
- a dependable worker
- an honest working stiff
- a reliable sourcSFLe of information
- he was true to his word
- I would be true for there are those who trust me
adjective satellite not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
- genuine emotion
- her interest in people was unfeigned
- true grief
adjective satellite rightly so called
- true courage
- a spirit which true men have always admired
- a true friend
adjective satellite determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles
- true north is geographic north
adjective satellite having a legally established claim
- the legitimate heir
- the true and lawful king
adjective satellite in tune; accurate in pitch
adjective satellite accurately fitted; level
- the window frame isn't quite true
adverb as acknowledged
admittedly; confessedly; avowedly.
- true, she is the smartest in her class
, AS. treówe
faithful, true, from treów
fidelity, faith, troth; akin to OFries. triuwe
, adj., treuwa
, n., OS. triuwi
, adj., trewa
, n., D.trouw
, adj. & n., G. treu
, adj., treue
, n., OHG. gitriuwi
, adj., triuwa
, Icel. tryggr
, adj., Dan. tro
, adj. & n., Sw. trogen
, adj., tro
, n., Goth. triggws
, adj., triggwa
, n., trauan
to trust, OPruss druwis
faith. Cf. Trow
comparative Truer ; superlative Truest
- Conformable to fact; in accordance with the actual state of things; correct; not false, erroneous, inaccurate, or the like; as, a true relation or narration; a true history; a declaration is true when it states the facts.
- Right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern; exact; accurate; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the original.
Making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time.
Sir W. Scott.
- Steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince, or the like; unwavering; faithful; loyal; not false, fickle, or perfidious; as, a true friend; a wife true to her husband; an officer true to his charge.
Thy so true,
So faithful, love unequaled.
Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie.
- Actual; not counterfeit, adulterated, or pretended; genuine; pure; real; as, true balsam; true love of country; a true Christian.
The true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John i. 9.
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance.
✍ True is sometimes used elliptically for It is true.
- In accordance with truth; truly.
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-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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