- The definition of true is being loyal, something that is real, factually correct, accurate or provable.
- An example of true is a friend who is loyal and honest.
- An example of true is a fact that has been proven to be correct.
- faithful; loyal; constant
- reliable; certain: a true indication
- in accordance with fact; that agrees with reality; not false
- conforming to an original, pattern, rule, standard, etc.
- exact; accurate; right; correct
- rightful; lawful; legitimate: the true heirs
- accurately fitted, placed, or shaped: a door that is not true to the frame
- real; genuine; authentic: a true diamond
- conforming to the ideal character or having all the basic characteristics of such; rightly so called: a true scholar
- determined by the poles of the earth's axis, not by the earth's magnetic poles: true north
- Archaic honest, virtuous, or truthful
Origin of trueMiddle English treue ; from Old English treowe ; from treow, faith, akin to German treu ; from Indo-European an unverified form drew-, variant, variety of base an unverified form deru- from source tree: basic sense “firm (as a tree)”
- in a true manner; truly, truthfully, accurately, etc.
- Biol. with the same inherited trait or traits as a parent; without variation: to breed true
out of true
true to form
- a. Consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous: the true cost. See Synonyms at real1. See Usage Note at fact.b. Not counterfeit; real or genuine: true gold. See Synonyms at authentic.c. Conforming to the characteristics or criteria of a group or type; typical: a true crab; a true gentleman.d. Properly called: true value.
- Reliable; accurate: a true prophecy.
- a. Faithful, as to a friend, vow, or cause; loyal. See Synonyms at faithful.b. Archaic Truthful, honest, or trustworthy.
- Sincerely felt or expressed; unfeigned: true grief.
- Rightful; legitimate: the true heir.
- a. Exactly conforming to a rule, standard, or pattern: trying to sing true B.b. Accurately shaped, fitted, or placed: Are the wheels true?c. Determined with reference to the earth's axis, not the magnetic poles: true north.
- Quick and exact in sensing and responding: a true ear.
- Computers Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.
- In accord with reality, fact, or truthfulness.
- Unswervingly; exactly: The archer aimed true.
- So as to conform to a type, standard, or pattern.
transitive verbtrued trued, tru·ing or true·ing, trues
- Truth or reality. Used with the.
- Proper alignment or adjustment: out of true.
Origin of trueMiddle English trewe, from Old English trēowe, firm, trustworthy; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative truer, superlative truest)
- (of a statement) Conforming to the actual state of reality or fact; factually correct.
- This is a true story.
- Conforming to a rule or pattern; exact; accurate.
- a true copy; a true likeness of the original
- (logic) Of the 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.
- Loyal, faithful.
- He’s turned out to be a true friend.
- This is true Parmesan cheese.
- The true king has returned!
- (of an aim or missile in archery, shooting, golf, etc.) Accurate; following a path toward the target.
- (of shooting, throwing etc) Accurately.
- this gun shoots true
(third-person singular simple present trues, present participle trueing or truing, simple past and past participle trued)
- Often followed by up.
From Middle English trewe, from Old English trīewe, (Mercian) trēowe (“trusty, faithful”), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiz (compare Dutch getrouw and trouw, German treu, Swedish trygg (“safe, secure’”), from pre-Germanic *dreu̯h₂i̯os, from Proto-Indo-European *druh₂, *dreu̯h₂ ‘steady, firm’ (compare Irish dearbh (“sure”), Old Prussian druwis (“faith”), Ancient Greek droós (“firm”)), extension of *dóru ‘tree’. More at tree.For semantic development, compare Latin robustus (“tough”) from robur (“red oak”).