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Meaning of true by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    Middle English trewe ( “loyal, faithful, firm, steadfast, adhering to the truth” ) from Old English trēowe ( “firm, loyal, trustworthy” ) from Proto-Germanic *trewwjaz ( “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 triggws ( “faithful, trusty” ), Old English trēo, trēow ( “tree” ). More at tree .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /tɹuː/, SAMPA: /tru:/
    • ( US ) IPA: /tɹu/, SAMPA: /tru/
    • Rhymes: -uː


    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. ( See below, "Compound Words and Terms" )
    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



    1. Truth .
    2. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) ( plural: only; not used in singular form ) ( always with "the" ) Those who are loyal or faithful .
    3. The state of being in alignment.
    4. ( Can we verify( + ) this sense? ) The fitment of a part in a machine such that their axes coincide

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    to 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 .

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Explanation of true by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make level, square, balanced, or concentric

    2. true up the cylinder of an engine
    1. as acknowledged

    2. true, she is the smartest in her class
    1. accurately placed or thrown

    2. his aim was true
    3. accurately fitted

    4. the window frame isn't quite true
    5. devoted ( sometimes fanatically ) to a cause or concept or truth

    6. true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them
    7. in tune

    8. a true note
    9. expressing or given to expressing the truth

    10. a true statement
    11. having a legally established claim

    12. the true and lawful king
    13. determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles

    14. true north is geographic north
    15. rightly so called

    16. true courage
      a spirit which true men have always admired
      a true friend
    17. not pretended

    18. true grief
    19. consistent with fact or reality

    20. 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
    21. worthy of being depended on

    22. he was true to his word
      I would be true for there are those who trust me
    23. conforming to definitive criteria

    24. the horseshoe crab is not a true crab
      Pythagoras was the first true mathematician
    1. proper alignment

    2. out of true