Definition of truly in English:

truly

adverb

  • 1In a truthful way.

    ‘he speaks truly’
    • ‘One can truly speak of nomenclatural chaos, even though Linnaeus's binomial system was widely employed.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, these poems speak to me more truly than Bertrand Russell's glib quote.’
    • ‘It was simple and honest, the way only a child can truly speak.’
    • ‘‘Of the woe that is in marriage it is impossible to speak truly,’ he says of Godard and Karina.’
    • ‘I really have nothing bad to say about this show, truly and sincerely.’
    • ‘There is a difference between pretending to speak for the majority and making sure its views are truly represented in the debate and public inquiry.’
    • ‘And the motive on the part of the slave-owners was the love of gold; or, to speak more truly, of vulgar and puerile ostentation.’
    • ‘Ignorant children can speak truly about Jesus because God has given them this insight and opened their mouths.’
    • ‘There was an almost awkward silence, in which a thousand words were exchanged, but none were truly spoken.’
    • ‘Then if someone uttered this sentence 100 years ago, they spoke truly.’
    • ‘I truly and openly declare that I believe that the nation will become a republic over time.’
    • ‘The old knight is of course referring to himself, and in the case of this production is speaking all too truly.’
    • ‘Paul says that he can only truly speak of that which is physical not spiritual.’
    truthfully, honestly, frankly, candidly, openly, to someone's face, without dissembling, laying one's cards on the table
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    1. 1.1 Used to emphasize emotional sincerity or seriousness.
      ‘it is truly a privilege to be here’
      as submodifier ‘I'm truly sorry, but I can't join you today’
      • ‘If anything that is written here offends you, I am afraid that I am not truly sorry and I cannot sincerely apologise for it.’
      • ‘Tara catches her, and both are killed as Giles shoots Willow in the back, deciding that she's just too dangerous to live, saying he's truly sorry.’
      • ‘It truly was an emotional moment, and I swear I saw more than one tear filled eye among the delighted fans.’
      • ‘How could any father not choose to do what he truly and sincerely thought was best under those circumstances?’
      • ‘There was only one thing she could say, and so she said it, hoping that she could sound as sincere as she truly was.’
      • ‘I can imagine how frustrating it must be for those who truly do take it seriously.’
      • ‘Really, seriously, truly… how would you handle the situation with the recruiter?’
      • ‘An absolutely auspicious week for some serious concentrating on what it is you most truly madly deeply want this year.’
      • ‘I really, sincerely, truly hope things are looking better for you, I really do.’
      • ‘And I really, truly, sincerely hope you feel exactly the same way about your work.’
      • ‘Hayden felt truly sincere and almost started to cry with his words.’
      • ‘I'm sure he is sincere and was truly shocked to find real, live homophobia out in the provinces.’
      • ‘But if he were truly sorry, he would have admitted his crime and spared Caroline's family the anguish of a drawn-out trial.’
      • ‘We were truly, truly sorry that there was the shortfall in our initial funding of the foundation.’
      • ‘Not everyone appreciates her properly so I was truly grateful.’
      • ‘It was obvious listening to Jim speak that he truly loves this industry and what he does.’
      • ‘This was a slip of the brain on our part for which we are truly, madly deeply sorry.’
      sincerely, genuinely, really, indeed, from the bottom of one's heart, heartily, profoundly, veritably
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  • 2To the fullest degree; genuinely or properly.

    ‘management does not truly understand about the residents’
    • ‘To truly understand my mother, you'd have to go back in time and explore one of the most vivid memories I have of her.’
    • ‘The best way to truly understand it is to give it a whirl.’
    • ‘Still, hardly anyone truly understands what to do with addicts.’
    • ‘And right at the time when I needed help, he was there and truly understood me.’
    • ‘Have you ever truly analysed your real feelings?’
    • ‘If you box off your style into a certain category it's hard to be truly musical and free, which puts a limit on your creativity.’
    • ‘Now, Will finds that frustrating, and we can truly understand that.’
    • ‘That decade truly represented the age of parity, relatively speaking.’
    • ‘What I am saying is that occasional errors are inevitable with a truly free press.’
    • ‘I guess I will never be able to truly understand consumer fundamentalists.’
    • ‘If they're truly interested in speaking with one voice then it's inevitable that the accents will start to fade over time.’
    • ‘In order for them to have a truly free choice, they would have to be properly informed of and educated about all their options.’
    • ‘Even with all the controversy over stem cells, how many of our elected leaders truly understand their uses?’
    • ‘This woman turns out to be the only person who truly understands him and his work, and signals the beginning of a desperate, passionate obsession for both of them.’
    • ‘Part of what fuels popular interest in the black tulip saga is the fact that no truly black tulip actually exists to this day - nor is one ever likely to!’
    • ‘It's a salutary reminder that only the genuinely elderly truly know what it is to be old.’
    • ‘When journalists fear for their lives, one cannot say the press is truly free.’
    • ‘And yet, there are certain tools to understanding mankind that are truly universal.’
    • ‘People talk about climate change and the need to enforce the Kyoto protocol but I don't think they truly understand how important it is.’
    • ‘When I moved to Canada and got a wheelchair, I truly understood how different I was from other kids.’
    • ‘In order to truly understand what went wrong with this war, you have to look at what was being said and what was being heard before we went into it.’
    accurately, correctly, exactly, precisely, faithfully, closely, unerringly
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    1. 2.1as submodifier Absolutely or completely (used for emphasis)
      ‘a truly dreadful song’
      • ‘Donald was truly honest when he said that he came for a few pints.’
      • ‘I learnt that I had the strength to get myself out of a truly dreadful situation - barely, but I did it.’
      • ‘The story is truly frightening, the dead come to life and devour the city.’
      • ‘The horse-riding sequences are truly excellent and an absolute blast.’
      • ‘I only ever got one truly awful grade on a paper, and man, did I deserve it.’
      • ‘And if you're stuck in a truly uncomfortable situation, speak with a flight attendant.’
      • ‘None of which changes the fact that it's a truly grotesquely dreadful programme.’
      • ‘However, if you're truly serious about your fresh seafood, then you should make straight for the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar on King Street.’
      • ‘Still, these guys are serious musicians and haven't lost the touch of writing some truly wonderful songs.’
      • ‘Having said all that the songs were truly magnificent.’
      • ‘These are truly inspired and absolutely in keeping with the weird and wonderful world of Dr Seuss.’
      • ‘Aren't you at least going to feel a bit sorry for the truly fabulous and real you that never gets to see the world again?’
      • ‘This is a truly dreadful movie, a hotchpotch of historical inaccuracies and romantic fiction.’
      • ‘So, where would you go for a truly wild, absolute monster?’
      • ‘This is an intimate, real, unshowy, deeply emotional, truly special performance.’
      • ‘She's got this truly terrible habit of emphasising random syllables in news reports.’
      • ‘He was a truly appalling candidate to begin with, and his campaign was a disaster.’
      • ‘I'm sure he is a very, very, very nice chap in real life, but onstage, he is truly dreadful.’
      • ‘It was truly dreadful and it was not mercifully short.’
      • ‘It may not seem like much out of context, but the effect within this song is truly wondrous.’
      • ‘Let us be frank: nobody except the truly feebleminded has ever, once, drawn a second's pleasure from going into a pub and hearing live music.’
      really, absolutely, simply, utterly, totally, perfectly, thoroughly, positively, completely
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  • 3In actual fact or without doubt; really.

    ‘this is truly a miracle’
    • ‘Though if by some other miracle I was able to catch him, I truly doubt he would show as much strength’
    • ‘None of us have any doubt that this one truly will deliver.’
    • ‘If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, his dad James should feel chuffed.’
    • ‘Besides, there aren't many white rappers who can truly be taken seriously.’
    • ‘Unlike the Tories who are a regional party of the English shires, we can truly say we speak for the wider community in Britain.’
    • ‘Raise your hand if you resolved to really, seriously, truly get in shape this year.’
    • ‘She was a bit shocked to see how sincere he truly was.’
    • ‘This is truly, beyond any doubt, the best crab fritter you will ever have in your life.’
    • ‘Take pride in the fact that you are truly unique, you're one of a kind; that's not weird.’
    • ‘It has a long way to go before it can merit serious consideration as a truly effective marketing tool.’
    without doubt, without a doubt, unquestionably, undoubtedly, certainly, surely, definitely, beyond doubt, beyond question, indubitably, undeniably, beyond the shadow of a doubt
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  • 4archaic Loyally or faithfully.

    ‘why cannot all masters be served truly?’
    • ‘A city that truly serves its people must try to please the largest majority of ordinary citizens.’
    • ‘We need to learn our strengths and recognise our weaknesses to truly serve our armed services.’
    • ‘These are public servants who truly serve rather than act as our masters, and inspire us rather than destroy our confidence.’
    • ‘Only the government has the reach and power to design and oversee a pension system that truly serves all.’

Phrases

  • yours truly

    • 1Used as a formula for ending a letter.

      • ‘It certainly wouldn't bother me to receive a letter signed "yours truly".’
      • ‘Addressed to 'Dear Boss' and dramatically written in red ink, it claimed to be from the killer and was signed 'Yours truly, Jack the Ripper'.’
      1. 1.1humorous Used to refer to oneself.
        ‘the demos will be organized by yours truly’
        • ‘Her most recent transgression involves yours truly, but it's hardly the first time she has embarrassed her employers.’
        • ‘For general information on mutual funds, here is the Wikipedia article, originally written by yours truly.’
        • ‘Once again, look for yours truly on his own domain next week.’
        • ‘Last Friday night a surprise 50th birthday party was organised for yours truly by the family.’
        • ‘In less than four short months, yours truly - and yours truly's better half - will be welcoming a new baby to the world.’

Origin

Old English trēowlīce ‘faithfully’ (see true, -ly).

Pronunciation

truly

/ˈtruːli/