Other forms: truest; truer; truing; trued; trues

Things that are true are accurate, honest, and correct. There are many specific meanings, but when something is true, you can believe it.

This word has many meanings, but they're all pretty much the opposite of false. True statements can be proven or verified — they aren't lies. To sing true is to sing on-key, and a true throw is on-target. The true king is the real king, not a fake. A true friend can be trusted. A true believer really believes in something, like a religion. And when you're true to yourself, you're being honest about what you want and feel.

Definitions of true
  1. adjective
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
    “the story is true
    “"it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell”
    “the true meaning of the statement”
    correct, right
    free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
    steadfast in affection or allegiance
    echt, genuine
    not fake or counterfeit
    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
    open and genuine; not deceitful
    actual, genuine, literal, real
    being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
    apodeictic, apodictic
    (of a proposition) necessarily true or logically certain
    conforming to truth
    infallible or unfailing
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    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
    incorrect, wrong
    not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
    counterfeit, imitative
    not genuine; imitating something superior
    dishonest, dishonorable
    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
    lacking sincerity
    intentionally untrue
    specious, spurious
    plausible but false
    concocted with intent to deceive
    not according with the facts
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  2. adjective
    expressing or given to expressing the truth
    “a true statement”
    synonyms: truthful
    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
    marked by truth
    habitually speaking the truth
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    not expressing or given to expressing the truth
    dishonest, dishonorable
    deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
    given to lying
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  3. adjective
    not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed
    true grief”
    synonyms: genuine, unfeigned
    open and genuine; not deceitful
  4. adjective
    worthy of being depended on
    “he was true to his word”
    “I would be true for there are those who trust me”
    synonyms: dependable, honest, reliable
    trustworthy, trusty
    worthy of trust or belief
  5. adjective
    devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth
    true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them”
    steadfast in affection or allegiance
  6. adverb
    as acknowledged
    true, she is the smartest in her class”
    synonyms: admittedly, avowedly, confessedly
  7. adjective
    conforming to definitive criteria
    “the horseshoe crab is not a true crab”
    “Pythagoras was the first true mathematician”
    exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category
  8. adjective
    rightly so called
    true courage”
    “a spirit which true men have always admired”
    “a true friend”
    no less than what is stated; worthy of the name
  9. adjective
    having a legally established claim
    synonyms: lawful, rightful
    of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful
  10. adjective
    determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles
    true north is geographic north”
    geographic, geographical
    determined by geography
  11. adjective
    accurately placed or thrown
    “his aim was true
    synonyms: dead on target
    conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
  12. adjective
    accurately fitted; level
    “the window frame isn't quite true
    synonyms: straight
    being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
  13. adjective
    in tune; accurate in pitch
    “a true note”
    synonyms: on-key
    musically pleasing
  14. verb
    make level, square, balanced, or concentric
    true up the cylinder of an engine”
    synonyms: true up
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    adjust, align, aline, line up
    place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
  15. noun
    proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment
    “out of true
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    type of:
    the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines




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