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Pronunciation: /truː/

Translation of true in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (truer, truest)

  • 1 1.1 (consistent with fact, reality) to be true ser* cierto, ser* verdad it's true that … es cierto or es verdad que … it can't be true! ¡no puede ser! it's a true story es una historia verídica to come true hacerse* realidad to hold true ser* válido true, inflation has fallen, but … cierto, la inflación ha disminuido, pero … how true! o too true! ¡si será cierto! you never said o spoke a truer word! ¡tú lo has dicho! it would be truer to say that … sería más correcto decir que … would it be true to say that … ? ¿podría afirmarse que …? they're so stupid it's not true parece mentira que sean tan tontos, son increíblemente tontos 1.2 (accurate, exact) (before noun/delante del nombre) [account] verídico; [copy] fiel the portrait was a true likeness of her el retrato la había captado a la perfección in the truest sense of the word en el sentido estricto de la palabra
    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 (real, actual, genuine) (before noun/delante del nombre) [purpose/courage/culprit] verdadero; [friend] auténtico, de verdad a true Mexican/Frenchman un mexicano/francés auténtico give me your true opinion dime de verdad lo que piensas in search of our true selves en busca de nuestra verdadera identidad the rowan is not a true ash el serbal no es un auténtico or verdadero fresno true north el norte geográfico it's true love es amor de verdad see also truelove
    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.
    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.
  • 3 (faithful) fiel twelve good men and true doce hombres justos true to sth/sb fiel a algo/algn to be true to one's word ser* fiel a or mantener* su ( or mi etc) palabra he was true to his promise cumplió su promesa, cumplió lo prometido I must remain true to myself tengo que ser consecuente conmigo mismo the film is not at all true to the book la película no es en absoluto fiel al libro true to his prediction … conforme a sus predicciones … true to form true to form, he arrived late como era de esperar, llegó tarde the team, true to recent form, played brilliantly el equipo, siguiendo su tónica actual, jugó estupendamente she was running true to form, telling everyone what to do como siempre, estaba dándole órdenes a todo el mundo see also true-to-life
    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.
  • 4 [Technology/Tecnología] (predicative/predicativo) to be true [wall/upright] estar* a plomo [beam] estar* a nivel [wheel/axle] estar* alineado or centrado [instrument] estar* bien calibrado his aim is true tiene buena puntería
    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.


  • to be out of true [wall/upright] no estar* a plomo [beam/horizontal] no estar* a nivel [angles] ser* demasiado abierto/cerrado [wheel/axle] no estar* alineado or centrado [instrument] no estar* bien calibrado


Phrasal verbs

true up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[wall/upright] aplomar; [beam/horizontal] nivelar; [join] hacer* cuadrar; [wheel/axle] alinear, centrar

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