true - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    based on facts or things that really happen, and not made up

    The film is based on a true story.

    They used to guarantee housing for all workers, but that’s no longer true.

    be/hold true (for someone/something):

    The students are excited and the same holds true for their teachers.

    true of someone/something:

    It rains a lot in the northwest, and that is especially true of Cumbria.

    1. a.
      used for admitting that something is true, although you think that something else is also true and is more important

      Well, true, he is rich, but is he happy?

      True, I suppose I’ve never thought about it like that.

      it’s true (that):

      It’s true that my car cost a lot, but it’s a good investment.

      that may/might be true, but:

      ‘They say they are spending record amounts on public education.’ ‘Well, that may be true, but there are still shortages of teachers.’

  2. 2
    [only before noun] real or actual, especially when compared with how something seems to be

    Lara never shows her true feelings.

    The study shows that the true cost of nuclear energy is much higher than most people think.

  3. 3
    [only before noun] a true friend, leader etc, or true love, happiness etc, has the qualities that you would expect that type of person or thing to have

    Lynn has always been a true friend to me.

    Curry was a true champion in every sense.

    Nelson has a true passion for literature.

  4. 4
    [never before noun] if you are true to someone or something, you continue to be loyal to them or support them despite anything that happens
    true to:

    I will always be true to you.

    remain/stay true (to someone/something):

    Through the years, Doug remained true to his family.

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  5. 5
    [never before noun] completely straight, upright, or level
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