Definition of faithfully in US English:



  • 1In a loyal manner.

    • ‘I have served the army faithfully and I have done everything the army has asked me to do.’
    • ‘It's an obligation we have to our war fighters to take care of them after they faithfully serve this nation.’
    • ‘The humbled Wolsey, weeping at Cromwell's loyalty, urges him to forsake him and serve the King faithfully.’
    • ‘He was the last of the three brothers and his death marked the close of a chapter of great service to the church they loved and faithfully served.’
    • ‘Citizens really want to see police engage faithfully in preventing and fighting crimes to regain their confidence.’
    • ‘He is deeply involved with our homeless ministry and serves faithfully on our board of trustees.’
    • ‘The Army continues to serve our great Nation well and faithfully as it has in the past.’
    • ‘‘It is a very sad day for the city of York and the people that he has served so faithfully over many years,’ he said.’
    • ‘The woman withdrew her resignation and served him faithfully for many more years.’
    • ‘You have a notebook that is already a few years old but still serves you faithfully.’
    • ‘General Ward had served the Qing Dynasty faithfully but why was his burial place was in such a miserable condition?’
    • ‘Ching has become old and gaunt, but he is still an honest man who faithfully serves Wang Lung.’
    • ‘There was no eulogy for the man who had served the party faithfully since 1932.’
    • ‘It cost £5 over ten years ago and has served me faithfully ever since.’
    • ‘It is custom to make any sacrifice in order to serve faithfully, is it not?’
    • ‘You've served me faithfully these long years, I'll not be breaking my word to you.’
    • ‘I glance at the family retainer who has served the Dimplers faithfully since well before the old King's father passed.’
    • ‘In her testimony, Graner's mother described her son as a kind and gentle man who faithfully served his country.’
    • ‘I have served him faithfully since I've been his subject and have helped him prosper.’
    • ‘He had served faithfully, with the idea that he could do good for his country.’
    verbatim, line for line, letter for letter, to the letter
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  • 2In a manner that is true to the facts or the original.

    ‘she translated the novel as faithfully as possible’
    • ‘She believed that what she was seeing was true, and she faithfully recorded it.’
    • ‘The colors overall look to be fairly faithfully rendered, but they look faded and dull.’
    • ‘It is hardest to think deep thoughts and record them faithfully in a manner that people will understand.’
    • ‘We only print what we know to be true, and what information has emerged has been faithfully and honestly reported.’
    • ‘Black levels are accurate and the various earth tones are faithfully rendered in golds and browns.’
    • ‘But recently Tan began to question how faithfully people trust what is presented as true.’
    • ‘The legendary sounds of The Eagles are faithfully and brilliantly recreated by Talon on Thursday, October 7.’
    • ‘She recently left a preview screening with a moist eye and a welter of praise for the team who faithfully realised the adaptation.’
    • ‘An autobiography is an attempt to bring up all the facts, and to stick to them, faithfully and chronologically.’
    • ‘I believe that the judiciary of this country has been interpreting the law faithfully and accurately.’
    • ‘Members of Atkins's audience fainted as a result of his attempt to stage the Shakespearian original as faithfully as possible.’
    • ‘As such, this is one aspect of the space opera genre that Vinge retains faithfully in his novels.’
    • ‘I can't thank them enough for reading me faithfully and carefully, and for joining me in obsessing over books.’
    • ‘The film faithfully follows the Harris mixture of fiction and fact.’
    • ‘If you've been reading this newsletter faithfully, then you know this to be true.’
    • ‘For over three decades he had his own ‘run’ and faithfully delivered the post in all kinds of weather.’
    • ‘We base that on the fact that he faithfully summed up the evidence on intoxication, but did not give that familiar direction which he must have been aware of.’
    • ‘Rather, the attempt is merely to recreate their personas as faithfully and realistically as possible.’
    • ‘Across the span of time, sons faithfully transmitted the literary heritage of the fathers.’
    • ‘My promise to myself is that I will write down what I find as faithfully and accurately as any human can.’
    factually, literally, correctly, faithfully, exactly, closely, truly, truthfully, veraciously, like it is, as it really happened, authentically, realistically, fairly
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  • yours faithfully

    • A formula for ending a formal letter to someone whose name you do not know.

      • ‘However the basic rule is that when you use Dear Sir/Madam then you end with yours faithfully.’
      • ‘We write ‘yours sincerely’ or ‘yours faithfully’ at the bottom of a letter, then fret for days about whether we chose the right one.’