Definition of faithfully in English:



  • 1In a loyal manner.

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘In her testimony, Graner's mother described her son as a kind and gentle man who faithfully served his country.’
    • ‘Citizens really want to see police engage faithfully in preventing and fighting crimes to regain their confidence.’
    • ‘He had served faithfully, with the idea that he could do good for his country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It cost £5 over ten years ago and has served me faithfully ever since.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have served the army faithfully and I have done everything the army has asked me to do.’
    • ‘Ching has become old and gaunt, but he is still an honest man who faithfully serves Wang Lung.’
    • ‘I have served him faithfully since I've been his subject and have helped him prosper.’
    • ‘General Ward had served the Qing Dynasty faithfully but why was his burial place was in such a miserable condition?’
    • ‘The woman withdrew her resignation and served him faithfully for many more years.’
    • ‘There was no eulogy for the man who had served the party faithfully since 1932.’
    • ‘You have a notebook that is already a few years old but still serves you faithfully.’
    • ‘It is custom to make any sacrifice in order to serve faithfully, is it not?’
    • ‘It's an obligation we have to our war fighters to take care of them after they faithfully serve this nation.’
    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’
    • ‘Members of Atkins's audience fainted as a result of his attempt to stage the Shakespearian original as faithfully as possible.’
    • ‘My promise to myself is that I will write down what I find as faithfully and accurately as any human can.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Black levels are accurate and the various earth tones are faithfully rendered in golds and browns.’
    • ‘As such, this is one aspect of the space opera genre that Vinge retains faithfully in his novels.’
    • ‘But recently Tan began to question how faithfully people trust what is presented as true.’
    • ‘The colors overall look to be fairly faithfully rendered, but they look faded and dull.’
    • ‘The legendary sounds of The Eagles are faithfully and brilliantly recreated by Talon on Thursday, October 7.’
    • ‘I can't thank them enough for reading me faithfully and carefully, and for joining me in obsessing over books.’
    • ‘She believed that what she was seeing was true, and she faithfully recorded it.’
    • ‘The film faithfully follows the Harris mixture of fiction and fact.’
    • ‘It is hardest to think deep thoughts and record them faithfully in a manner that people will understand.’
    • ‘She recently left a preview screening with a moist eye and a welter of praise for the team who faithfully realised the adaptation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We only print what we know to be true, and what information has emerged has been faithfully and honestly reported.’
    • ‘If you've been reading this newsletter faithfully, then you know this to be true.’
    • ‘An autobiography is an attempt to bring up all the facts, and to stick to them, faithfully and chronologically.’
    • ‘For over three decades he had his own ‘run’ and faithfully delivered the post in all kinds of weather.’
    • ‘I believe that the judiciary of this country has been interpreting the law faithfully and accurately.’
    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.’