Meaning of TRUE in English


— trueness , n.

/trooh/ , adj., truer, truest , n., adv., v., trued, truing or trueing .


1. being in accordance with the actual state or conditions; conforming to reality or fact; not false: a true story.

2. real; genuine; authentic: true gold; true feelings.

3. sincere; not deceitful: a true interest in someone's welfare.

4. firm in allegiance; loyal; faithful; steadfast: a true friend.

5. being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something: the true meaning of his statement.

6. conforming to or consistent with a standard, pattern, or the like: a true copy.

7. exact; precise; accurate; correct: a true balance.

8. of the right kind; such as it should be; proper: to arrange things in their true order.

9. properly so called; rightly answering to a description: true statesmanship.

10. legitimate or rightful: the true heir.

11. reliable, unfailing, or sure: a true sign.

12. exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted, or placed, as a surface, instrument, or part of a mechanism.

13. honest; honorable; upright.

14. Biol. conforming to the type, norm, or standard of structure of a particular group; typical: The lion is a true cat.

15. Animal Husb. purebred.

16. Navig. (of a bearing, course, etc.) determined in relation to true north.

17. Archaic. truthful.


18. exact or accurate formation, position, or adjustment: to be out of true.

19. the true , something that is true; truth.


20. in a true manner; truly; truthfully.

21. exactly or accurately.

22. in conformity with the ancestral type: to breed true.

23. come true , to have the expected or hoped-for result; become a reality: She couldn't believe that her dream would ever come true.


24. to make true; shape, adjust, place, etc., exactly or accurately: to true the wheels of a bicycle after striking a pothole.

25. (esp. in carpentry) to make even, symmetrical, level, etc. (often fol. by up ): to true up the sides of a door.

[ bef. 900; ME trewe (adj. and adv.), OE treowe (adj.) loyal, trusty, honest (see TROW, TRUCE); akin to D trouw, G treu, ON tryggr, Goth triggws ]

Syn. 1. factual, veracious. See real 1 . 3. honest. 4. trustworthy; staunch, constant, steady, unwavering. 7. faithful.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .