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English adjective: true

1. true consistent with fact or reality; not false

SamplesThe story is true.
It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.
The true meaning of the statement.

Similaractual, apodeictic, apodictic, genuine, literal, real, sure, truthful

See alsocorrect, echt, faithful, genuine, honest, honorable, right, sincere

Attributethe true, trueness, truth, verity


2. true accurately placed or thrown

SamplesHis aim was true.
He was dead on target.

Synonymsdead on target



3. true devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth

SamplesTrue believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them.



4. true expressing or given to expressing the truth

SamplesA true statement.
Gave truthful testimony.
A truthful person.


Similarhonest, veracious

See alsohonest, honorable


5. true conforming to definitive criteria

SamplesThe horseshoe crab is not a true crab.
Pythagoras was the first true mathematician.


Antonymsatypical, untypical

6. true worthy of being depended on

SamplesA dependable worker.
An honest working stiff.
A reliable sourcSFLe of information.
He was true to his word.
I would be true for there are those who trust me.

Synonymsdependable, honest, reliable

Similartrustworthy, trusty

Antonymsuntrustworthy, untrusty

7. true not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed

SamplesGenuine emotion.
Her interest in people was unfeigned.
True grief.

Synonymsgenuine, unfeigned



8. true rightly so called

SamplesTrue courage.
A spirit which true men have always admired.
A true friend.



9. true determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles

SamplesTrue north is geographic north.

Similargeographic, geographical


10. true having a legally established claim

SamplesThe legitimate heir.
The true and lawful king.

Synonymslawful, rightful



11. true in tune; accurate in pitch

SamplesA true note.



Antonymsinharmonious, unharmonious

12. true accurately fitted; level

SamplesThe window frame isn't quite true.




English noun: true

1. true (attribute) proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment

SamplesOut of true.

Broader (hypernym)alignment

English adverb: true

1. true as acknowledged

SamplesTrue, she is the smartest in her class.

Synonymsadmittedly, avowedly, confessedly

English verb: true

1. true (change) make level, square, balanced, or concentric

SamplesTrue up the cylinder of an engine.

Synonymstrue up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjust, align, aline, line up

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