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adverb British English pronunciation: truly /ˈtruːli/

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  1. 1
    in the most complete, correct, or exact way

    She was someone who truly understood children.

    a truly national institution

  2. 2

    They have done a truly magnificent job.

  3. 3
    used for emphasizing that you really mean what you are saying

    I'm truly sorry. Please forgive me.

    Truly, I don't mind helping.

  4. 4
    involving only the truth

    Tell the jury everything you remember truly and simply.

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