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noun     truth pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the actual facts or information about something, rather than what people think, expect, or make up

    The truth may never be known.

    truth about:

    We finally learned the shocking truth about Gina’s past.

    tell (someone) the truth:

    Tell me the truth: did you take the money?

    the truth is (that):

    The truth is that they haven’t solved the problem.

    the truth of the matter is (that):

    The truth of the matter is that the company is bankrupt.

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] the quality or condition of being true
    truth of:

    Are you questioning the truth of his accusations?

    there is some truth in/to something (=it is at least partly true):

    There is, I suppose, some truth to his story.

    there is a grain/kernel/element of truth in/to something:

    There is a grain of truth in what he says.

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  3. 3
    [countable] an idea that is accepted by most people as being true
    a universal/eternal truth (=something that is true in all situations):

    Is it a universal truth that exercise is good for you?

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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