A true ear.
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.
Trued up the long planks.
A true prophecy.
The true heir.
Out of true.
The true heirs.
To breed true.
A true copy; a true likeness of the original.
The archer aimed true.
A true indication.
A door that is not true to the frame.
The true king has returned!
- To happen in fulfillment of an expectation, prediction, wish, etc.; become a realized fact.
- Properly set, adjusted, aligned, etc.; exact.
- Not properly set, adjusted, aligned, etc.; inexact.
- Being or behaving as expected.
Origin of true
- Middle English trewe from Old English trēowe firm, trustworthy deru- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 *dreuÌ¯hâ‚‚iÌ¯os, from Proto-Indo-European *druhâ‚‚, *dreuÌ¯hâ‚‚ "˜steady, firm' (compare Irish dearbh (“sure"), Old Prussian druwis (“faith"), Ancient Greek droÃ³s (“firm")), extension of *dÃ³ru "˜tree'. More at tree.For semantic development, compare Latin robustus (“tough") from robur (“red oak").