Definition of truly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtruːli


  • 4 archaic Loyally or faithfully: why cannot all masters be served truly?
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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).

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