True Definition

tro͝o
trued, trueing, truer, trues, truest, truing
adjective
truer, truest
In accordance with fact; that agrees with reality; not false.
Webster's New World
Reliable; certain.
A true indication.
Webster's New World
Faithful; loyal; constant.
Webster's New World
Properly called.
True value.
American Heritage
Real; genuine; authentic.
A true diamond.
Webster's New World
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Antonyms:
falseuntruthful
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adverb
In accord with reality, fact, or truthfulness.
American Heritage
In a true manner; truly, truthfully, accurately, etc.
Webster's New World
With the same inherited trait or traits as a parent; without variation.
To breed true.
Webster's New World
Unswervingly; exactly.
The archer aimed true.
American Heritage
So as to conform to a type, standard, or pattern.
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verb
trued, trues, truing
To fit, place, or shape accurately.
Webster's New World
To position (something) so as to make it balanced, level, or square.
Trued up the long planks.
American Heritage
He trued the spokes of the bicycle wheel.
Wiktionary

To make even, level, symmetrical, or accurate, align; adjust.

We spent all night truing up the report.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
true-up
noun
trues
That which is true; truth or reality.
Webster's New World
Proper alignment or adjustment.
Out of true.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
truth-desiringtruth-bearing
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idiom
come true
  • to happen in fulfillment of an expectation, prediction, wish, etc.; become a realized fact
Webster's New World
in true
  • properly set, adjusted, aligned, etc.; exact
Webster's New World
out of true
  • not properly set, adjusted, aligned, etc.; inexact
Webster's New World
true to form
  • being or behaving as expected
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of True

Adjective

Base Form:
true
Comparative:
truer
Superlative:
truest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to True

Origin of True

  • From Middle English trewe, from Old English trÄ«ewe, (Mercian) trÄ“owe (“trusty, faithful"), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiz (compare Dutch getrouw and trouw, German treu, Swedish trygg (“safe, secure'"), from pre-Germanic *dreu̯hâ‚‚i̯os, from Proto-Indo-European *druhâ‚‚, *dreu̯hâ‚‚ "˜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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English trewe from Old English trēowe firm, trustworthy deru- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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