true Definition

  • 1in accordance with fact or reality
  • 2accurate or exact
  • 3loyal or faithful

Using true: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "true" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is true that the earth orbits around the sun.

  • Example

    His story was true to the events that happened.

  • Example

    She is a true friend who always supports me.

  • Example

    The painting is a true representation of the artist's style.

true Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using true

  • seem to be genuine or authentic


    Her explanation didn't ring true, so I knew she was lying.

  • remain valid or accurate


    The theory holds true even after all these years of research.

  • happen as one hoped or expected


    Her dream of becoming a doctor finally came true after years of hard work and dedication.

Phrases with true

  • a deep and genuine affection between two people


    They have been together for years and their love is still as strong as ever. It's true love.

  • someone's real character or personality, especially when it is revealed in a surprising way


    When he lost his temper, his true colors were revealed and everyone saw how angry he really was.

  • behaving or performing in the way that is typical or expected of someone


    He was true to form and arrived late for the meeting, just like he always does.

Origins of true

from Old English 'trīewe', meaning 'steadfast, loyal'


Summary: true in Brief

The term 'true' [truː] refers to something that is in accordance with fact or reality, accurate or exact, or loyal or faithful. It can describe anything from a statement to a person, as in 'She is a true friend who always supports me.' 'True' extends into phrases like 'true love,' and idioms like 'hold true,' denoting validity, and 'come true,' implying the fulfillment of a hope or expectation.

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