Variant of true
- 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: Middle 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
- trueness noun
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