true: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (tr), [key]
— adj., n., adv., v., tru•er, tru•est, trued, tru•ing true•ing.
- being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false: a true story.
- real; genuine; authentic: true gold; true feelings.
- sincere; not deceitful: a true interest in someone's welfare.
- firm in allegiance; loyal; faithful; steadfast: a true friend.
- being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something: the true meaning of his statement.
- conforming to or consistent with a standard, pattern, or the like: a true copy.
- exact; precise; accurate; correct: a true balance.
- of the right kind; such as it should be; proper: to arrange things in their true order.
- properly so called; rightly answering to a description: true statesmanship.
- legitimate or rightful: the true heir.
- reliable, unfailing, or sure: a true sign.
- exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted, or placed, as a surface, instrument, or part of a mechanism.
- honest; honorable; upright.
- conforming to the type, norm, or standard of structure of a particular group; typical: The lion is a true cat.
- (of a bearing, course, etc.) determined in relation to true north.
- exact or accurate formation, position, or adjustment: to be out of true.
- something that is true; truth.
- in a true manner; truly; truthfully.
- exactly or accurately.
- in conformity with the ancestral type: to breed true.
- to have the expected or hoped-for result; become a reality: She couldn't believe that her dream would ever come true.
- to make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately: to true the wheels of a bicycle after striking a pothole.
- (esp. in carpentry) to make even, symmetrical, level, etc. (often fol. by up): to true up the sides of a door.
- true (Thesaurus)