adjective (truer, truest)
- 1In accordance with fact or reality: a true story of course it’s true that is not true of the people I am talking aboutMore example sentences
- What is true of the theatre is also true of the short story.
- This is most true of the opening stories in the collection, but also occurs at intervals throughout the book.
- I now know that some of his Cabinet colleagues know the facts and the true story behind this issue.
- 1.1 [attributive] Rightly or strictly so called; genuine: people are still willing to pay for true craftsmanship we believe in true loveMore example sentences
- The Buddha discovered that the genuine, true thing we keep looking for isn't there at all.
- I consider that the Family Court does not have true and genuine evidence to support their decision.
- This was the search for the genuine goal and true essence or martial arts on which he spent most of his time.
- 1.2 [attributive] Real or actual: he has guessed my true intentionsMore example sentences
- It dealt with some of the real, true issues of what this Government is really all about.
- Statements to the press are now the key in determining true intentions.
- Yet this is not an actual or true experience, because it does not recur the next day or anytime soon.
- 1.3Said when conceding a point in argument or discussion: true, it faced north, but you got used to thatMore example sentences
- It was true, they conceded, that many people in Brecon went elsewhere for some of their shopping.
- It was true that Markhus's house was the closest of the three, and school did start in a matter of hours.
- I entered the house and true enough both of my parents were in the living room.
- 2Accurate or exact: it was a true depictionMore example sentences
- They're working hard at trying to redress all of this and come to a true, exact count.
- They are not, however, true or accurate representations of either the West or the East.
- Introducing the members of his team and the cast at a function, Bala said that the film would depict love in its true sense.
- 2.1(Of a note) exactly in tune.More example sentences
- To Joachim, and to all his predecessors, a true C-sharp would have been lower than D-flat; a major third on the piano would be too wide.
- On the piano this black note is an ‘enharmonic,’ which means its tone is a compromise between true C-sharp and true D-flat.
- The Burmese F is sharper than F natural, and yet is not the true F sharp; while B is also sharper than the European B natural.
- 2.2(Of a compass bearing) measured relative to true north: steer 085 degrees trueMore example sentences
- So, to travel 45 degrees true in that area, you'd steer 61 degrees on the compass.
- Your right arm is now pointing to South or 180 degrees True.
- The incorrect orientation occurs when the antennas are oriented at 10 degrees true north when they should have been oriented at 0 degrees true north.
- 2.3Correctly positioned, balanced, or aligned; upright or level.More example sentences
- It will lead to a displacement of the user positioning solution from the true position.
- Only then could I feel confident and proud that my aim was true, and that I was indeed a great hunter.
- In both directions, the bubble stayed exactly in the middle so I knew that this edge of the level was true.
- 3Loyal or faithful: he was a true friendMore example sentences
- He was faithful, true, a loyal friend, a good son, and he was wise beyond his years.
- She is remembered as a devoted family woman and a true and loyal friend.
- You have made an oath and a pledge that you will be a faithful, true and loyal citizen of the United Kingdom.
- 3.1 [predic.] (true to) Accurately conforming to (a standard or expectation); faithful to: this entirely new production remains true to the essence of Lorca’s playMore example sentences
- This fresh and stylish production remains true to that spirit and is well worth looking out for.
- Will had indeed stayed true to his promise and brought around his music for me to use.
- People start to understand almost instinctively what they do which is true to them.
- 4chiefly • archaic Honest: we appeal to all good men and true to rally to usMore example sentences
- He is decent and honest and true, which cannot be said of many of his critics.
- And to hold up the Virgin Mary as the only example of a true, honest woman and to show this as the ideal can not be right.
- If you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed.
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- 1chiefly • literary Truly: Hobson spoke truer than he knewMore example sentences
- He spoke truer than he knew, or else he had foreseen the course of events.
- By my faith, he may find that he spoke truer than he is aware of.
- Adam Smith never spoke truer than when he said: "Work is done in the workplace, but the real business of life is usually accomplished while entertaining".
- 2Accurately or without variation.More example sentences
- Despite the distance and the wind, Hooper had aimed true.
- But Martin had played true.
verb (trues, truing or trueing, trued)[with object] Back to top
- Bring (an object, wheel, or other construction) into the exact shape, alignment, or position required.More example sentences
- He begins the laborious process by truing the radius of the front strap and then meticulously laying out line after line of the finely cut checkering.
- The five-head molder first trues a piece of lumber, then the counter-rotating side heads and top/bottom heads fashion the molding exactly as the machine has been set up to do.
- Fabric layers shift while sewing and cutting, so once you've trimmed and trued the edges, the chenille may be smaller than your pattern pieces.
- Actually happen or become the case: dreams can come trueMore example sentences
- It promises to be a magical event where dreams actually will come true on the night.
- Dreams that I had as a little kid are actually coming true, and it's all thanks to you.
- The irony of it all was that my joke could actually be coming true!
out of true
- Not in the correct or exact shape or alignment: take care not to pull the frame out of trueMore example sentences
- ‘What is the ‘cataclysm’ but the artist's own energy - some deviant energy which blows apart the world's habitual shapes, dislocates things out of true, only to imbue the remaining fragments with a new intensity.
- Knowledge needs always to pass through this detour of selfless tact, whereby its forms are bent out of true by the shapes of what refuses its clutch.
- My back wheel's out of true; my front brake makes weird sounds; my seat is tilted and uncomfortable.
many a true word is spoken in jest
- • proverb A humorous remark not intended to be taken seriously may turn out to be accurate after all.More example sentences
- Whether it was by jest, or not many a true word is spoken in jest and often people get upset precisely for that reason.
- The trouble is, many a true word is spoken in jest, and right now we seem to be somewhere between stages 1 and 2.
- This piece hits the nail on the head and proves that many a true word is spoken in jest.
true to form (or type)
- Being or behaving as expected: true to form, they took it wellMore example sentences
- He, true to form, behaves like a cad and leaves her for the gambling tables and his deserved fate.
- Ultimately, and true to form, the woman is portrayed as the weaker sex.
- The whole centre is in need of regeneration and, as true to form, it is the private investor that sets the standard.
true to life
- Accurately representing real events or objects: artworks of the period were often composed in strident colors not true to lifeMore example sentences
- Thus the poses of figures plucked out of the calligraphic scribble were understood by drawing from models; they are real but set up, lifelike but not necessarily true to life.
- All that Schoenberg did, in a sense, was take it further, make it ‘realer’, more true to life, more honest - hence more genuinely artistic.
- And I have the idea they are more realistic, true to life.
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- Of course, he does not remain faithful to all of the principles contained therein, however much he repeatedly emphasizes his trueness and constancy, but the essential goals remain the same.
- This film was brilliant in its trueness to the story.
- Of the heavy silence, she thinks it is part of the trueness of their love.
Old English trēowe, trȳwe 'steadfast, loyal'; related to Dutch getrouw, German treu, also to truce.