- 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
Other Word Forms of 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").
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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