I. adjective (truer; truest) Etymology: Middle English trewe, from Old English trēowe faithful; akin to Old High German gitriuwi faithful, Old Irish derb sure, and probably to Sanskrit dāruṇa hard, dāru wood — more at tree Date: before 12th century 1. a. steadfast, loyal b. honest, just c. archaic truthful 2. a. (1) being in accordance with the actual state of affairs <
true description
(2) conformable to an essential reality (3) fully realized or fulfilled <
dreams come true
b. ideal, essential c. being that which is the case rather than what is manifest or assumed <
the true dimension of the problem
d. consistent <
true to character
3. a. properly so called <
true love
the true faith
the true stomach of ruminant mammals
b. (1) possessing the basic characters of and belonging to the same natural group as <
a whale is a true but not a typical mammal
(2) typical <
the true cats
4. legitimate, rightful <
our true and lawful king
5. a. that is fitted or formed or that functions accurately b. conformable to a standard or pattern ; accurate 6. determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles <
true north
7. logically necessary 8. narrow, strict <
in the truest sense
9. corrected for error • trueness noun II. adverb Date: 14th century 1. in accordance with fact or reality 2. a. without deviation <
the bullet flew straight and true
b. without variation from type <
breed true
III. noun Date: circa 1536 1. truth, reality — usually used with the 2. the quality or state of being accurate (as in alignment or adjustment) — used in the phrases in true and out of true IV. transitive verb (trued; trueing; also truing) Date: 1841 to make level, square, balanced, or concentric ; bring or restore to a desired mechanical accuracy or form <
true up a board
true up an engine cylinder

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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