Definition of truly in English:


Syllabification: tru·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈtro͞olē


  • 1In a truthful way: he speaks truly
    More example sentences
    • Ignorant children can speak truly about Jesus because God has given them this insight and opened their mouths.
    • I truly and openly declare that I believe that the nation will become a republic over time.
    • There was an almost awkward silence, in which a thousand words were exchanged, but none were truly spoken.
    truthfully, honestly, frankly, sincerely, candidly, openly, to someone's face, laying one's cards on the table
    informal pulling no punches
  • 1.1Used to emphasize emotional sincerity or seriousness: time to reflect on what we truly want it is truly a privilege to be here [as submodifier]: I’m truly sorry, but I can’t join you today [sentence adverb]: truly, I don’t understand you sometimes
    More example sentences
    • This was a slip of the brain on our part for which we are truly, madly deeply sorry.
    • Really, seriously, truly… how would you handle the situation with the recruiter?
    • It truly was an emotional moment, and I swear I saw more than one tear filled eye among the delighted fans.
    sincerely, genuinely, really, indeed, from the bottom of one's heart, heartily, profoundly; very, surely, extremely, immensely, thoroughly, positively, completely, tremendously, totally, incredibly, awfully
    formal most
    informal sure
  • 2To the fullest degree; genuinely or properly: management does not truly understand or care about the residents [as submodifier]: a truly free press
    More example sentences
    • In order to truly understand what went wrong with this war, you have to look at what was being said and what was being heard before we went into it.
    • Have you ever truly analysed your real feelings?
    • That decade truly represented the age of parity, relatively speaking.
    accurately, correctly, exactly, precisely, faithfully
    informal to a T
  • 2.1 [as submodifier] Absolutely or completely (used to emphasize a description): a truly dreadful song
    More example sentences
    • Aren't you at least going to feel a bit sorry for the truly fabulous and real you that never gets to see the world again?
    • I only ever got one truly awful grade on a paper, and man, did I deserve it.
    • The horse-riding sequences are truly excellent and an absolute blast.
  • 4 archaic Loyally or faithfully: why cannot all masters be served truly?
    More example sentences
    • These are public servants who truly serve rather than act as our masters, and inspire us rather than destroy our confidence.
    • Only the government has the reach and power to design and oversee a pension system that truly serves all.
    • A city that truly serves its people must try to please the largest majority of ordinary citizens.


yours truly

Used as a formula for ending a letter.
More example sentences
  • It certainly wouldn't bother me to receive a letter signed "yours truly".
  • Addressed to 'Dear Boss' and dramatically written in red ink, it claimed to be from the killer and was signed 'Yours truly, Jack the Ripper'.
humorous Used to refer to oneself: the demos will be organized by yours truly
More example sentences
  • In less than four short months, yours truly - and yours truly's better half - will be welcoming a new baby to the world.
  • Last Friday night a surprise 50th birthday party was organised for yours truly by the family.
  • Her most recent transgression involves yours truly, but it's hardly the first time she has embarrassed her employers.


Old English trēowlīce 'faithfully' (see true, -ly2).

More definitions of truly

Definition of truly in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw