What is the meaning of true?


  • Proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment.
    • usage: "out of true"


  • Make level, square, balanced, or concentric.
    • usage: "true up the cylinder of an engine"


  • Consistent with fact or reality; not false.
    • usage: "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"
  • Accurately placed or thrown.
    • usage: "his aim was true"; "he was dead on target"
  • Devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth.
    • usage: "true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them"
  • Expressing or given to expressing the truth.
    • usage: "a true statement"; "gave truthful testimony"; "a truthful person"
  • Conforming to definitive criteria.
    • usage: "the horseshoe crab is not a true crab"; "Pythagoras was the first true mathematician"
  • Worthy of being depended on.
    • usage: "a 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"
  • Not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed.
    • usage: "genuine emotion"; "her interest in people was unfeigned"; "true grief"
  • Rightly so called.
    • usage: "true courage"; "a spirit which true men have always admired"; "a true friend"
  • Determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles.
    • usage: "true north is geographic north"
  • Having a legally established claim.
    • usage: "the legitimate heir"; "the true and lawful king"
  • In tune; accurate in pitch.
    • usage: "a true note"
  • Accurately fitted; level.
    • usage: "the window frame isn't quite true"


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APAWordNet. (2010). true. Retrieved May 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/true/definitions/1185803
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "true" http://smartdefine.org/true/definitions/1185803 (accessed May 26, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, true, Smart Define, viewed 26 May, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/true/definitions/1185803>.
MLAWordNet. "true" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 May 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/true/definitions/1185803>
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