Consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous. See Synonyms at real1
. See Usage Note at fact
- Real; genuine. See Synonyms at authentic.
- Reliable; accurate: a true prophecy.
- Faithful, as to a friend, vow, or cause; loyal. See Synonyms at faithful.
- Sincerely felt or expressed; unfeigned: true grief.
- Fundamental; essential: his true motive.
- Rightful; legitimate: the true heir.
- Exactly conforming to a rule, standard, or pattern: trying to sing true B.
- Accurately shaped or fitted: a true wheel.
- Accurately placed, delivered, or thrown.
- Quick and exact in sensing and responding.
- Determined with reference to the earth's axis, not the magnetic poles: true north.
- Conforming to the definitive criteria of a natural group; typical: The horseshoe crab is not a true crab.
- Narrowly particularized; highly specific: spoke of probity in the truest sense of the word.
- Computer Science Indicating one of two possible values taken by a variable in Boolean logic or a binary device.
transitive verb trued trued
- In accord with reality, fact, or truthfulness.
- Unswervingly; exactly: The archer aimed true.
- So as to conform to a type, standard, or pattern.
To position (something) so as to make it balanced, level, or square: trued up the long planks. noun
- Truth or reality. Used with the.
- Proper alignment or adjustment: out of true.
Origin: Middle English trewe
Origin: , from Old English trēowe, firm, trustworthy; see deru- in Indo-European roots
Related Forms:Word History:
The words true
are joined at the root, etymologically speaking. In Old English, the words looked and sounded much more alike than they do now: “tree” was trēow
and “true” was trēowe.
The first of these comes from the Germanic noun *trewam;
the second, from the adjective *treuwaz.
Both these Germanic words ultimately go back to an Indo-European root *deru-
appearing in derivatives referring to wood and, by extension, firmness. Truth may be thought of as something firm; so too can certain bonds between people, like trust,
another derivative of the same root. A slightly different form of the root, *dru-,
appears in the word druid,
a type of ancient Celtic priest; his name is etymologically *dru-wid-,
or “strong seer.”