Definition of truly in English:

truly

adverb

  • 1In a truthful way.

    ‘he speaks truly’
    • ‘‘Of the woe that is in marriage it is impossible to speak truly,’ he says of Godard and Karina.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paul says that he can only truly speak of that which is physical not spiritual.’
    • ‘The old knight is of course referring to himself, and in the case of this production is speaking all too truly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was simple and honest, the way only a child can truly speak.’
    • ‘Ignorant children can speak truly about Jesus because God has given them this insight and opened their mouths.’
    • ‘One can truly speak of nomenclatural chaos, even though Linnaeus's binomial system was widely employed.’
    • ‘I really have nothing bad to say about this show, truly and sincerely.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, these poems speak to me more truly than Bertrand Russell's glib quote.’
    • ‘There was an almost awkward silence, in which a thousand words were exchanged, but none were truly spoken.’
    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’
      ‘time to reflect on what we truly want’
      sentence adverb ‘truly, I don't understand you sometimes’
      • ‘Not everyone appreciates her properly so I was truly grateful.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I really, sincerely, truly hope things are looking better for you, I really do.’
      • ‘An absolutely auspicious week for some serious concentrating on what it is you most truly madly deeply want this year.’
      • ‘It was obvious listening to Jim speak that he truly loves this industry and what he does.’
      • ‘Really, seriously, truly… how would you handle the situation with the recruiter?’
      • ‘There was only one thing she could say, and so she said it, hoping that she could sound as sincere as she truly was.’
      • ‘But if he were truly sorry, he would have admitted his crime and spared Caroline's family the anguish of a drawn-out trial.’
      • ‘Hayden felt truly sincere and almost started to cry with his words.’
      • ‘And I really, truly, sincerely hope you feel exactly the same way about your work.’
      • ‘It truly was an emotional moment, and I swear I saw more than one tear filled eye among the delighted fans.’
      • ‘I can imagine how frustrating it must be for those who truly do take it seriously.’
      • ‘How could any father not choose to do what he truly and sincerely thought was best under those circumstances?’
      • ‘This was a slip of the brain on our part for which we are truly, madly deeply sorry.’
      • ‘I'm sure he is sincere and was truly shocked to find real, live homophobia out in the provinces.’
      • ‘We were truly, truly sorry that there was the shortfall in our initial funding of the foundation.’
      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 or care about the residents’
    as submodifier ‘a truly free press’
    • ‘And yet, there are certain tools to understanding mankind that are truly universal.’
    • ‘When journalists fear for their lives, one cannot say the press is truly free.’
    • ‘In order for them to have a truly free choice, they would have to be properly informed of and educated about all their options.’
    • ‘Now, Will finds that frustrating, and we can truly understand that.’
    • ‘Still, hardly anyone truly understands what to do with addicts.’
    • ‘What I am saying is that occasional errors are inevitable with a truly free press.’
    • ‘It's a salutary reminder that only the genuinely elderly truly know what it is to be old.’
    • ‘When I moved to Canada and got a wheelchair, I truly understood how different I was from other kids.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have you ever truly analysed your real feelings?’
    • ‘And right at the time when I needed help, he was there and truly understood me.’
    • ‘That decade truly represented the age of parity, relatively speaking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I guess I will never be able to truly understand consumer fundamentalists.’
    • ‘The best way to truly understand it is to give it a whirl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘If they're truly interested in speaking with one voice then it's inevitable that the accents will start to fade over time.’
    accurately, correctly, exactly, precisely, faithfully, closely, unerringly
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    1. 2.1as submodifier Absolutely or completely (used to emphasize a description)
      ‘a truly dreadful song’
      • ‘Donald was truly honest when he said that he came for a few pints.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Having said all that the songs were truly magnificent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So, where would you go for a truly wild, absolute monster?’
      • ‘The horse-riding sequences are truly excellent and an absolute blast.’
      • ‘It was truly dreadful and it was not mercifully short.’
      • ‘She's got this truly terrible habit of emphasising random syllables in news reports.’
      • ‘The story is truly frightening, the dead come to life and devour the city.’
      • ‘He was a truly appalling candidate to begin with, and his campaign was a disaster.’
      • ‘And if you're stuck in a truly uncomfortable situation, speak with a flight attendant.’
      • ‘I learnt that I had the strength to get myself out of a truly dreadful situation - barely, but I did it.’
      • ‘I'm sure he is a very, very, very nice chap in real life, but onstage, he is truly dreadful.’
      • ‘None of which changes the fact that it's a truly grotesquely dreadful programme.’
      • ‘Still, these guys are serious musicians and haven't lost the touch of writing some truly wonderful songs.’
      • ‘These are truly inspired and absolutely in keeping with the weird and wonderful world of Dr Seuss.’
      • ‘It may not seem like much out of context, but the effect within this song is truly wondrous.’
      • ‘I only ever got one truly awful grade on a paper, and man, did I deserve it.’
      • ‘This is a truly dreadful movie, a hotchpotch of historical inaccuracies and romantic fiction.’
      • ‘However, if you're truly serious about your fresh seafood, then you should make straight for the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar on King Street.’
      • ‘This is an intimate, real, unshowy, deeply emotional, truly special performance.’
      really, absolutely, simply, utterly, totally, perfectly, thoroughly, positively, completely
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  • 3In fact or without doubt; really.

    ‘this is truly a miracle’
    • ‘This is truly, beyond any doubt, the best crab fritter you will ever have in your life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was a bit shocked to see how sincere he truly was.’
    • ‘Besides, there aren't many white rappers who can truly be taken seriously.’
    • ‘If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, his dad James should feel chuffed.’
    • ‘Raise your hand if you resolved to really, seriously, truly get in shape this year.’
    • ‘Unlike the Tories who are a regional party of the English shires, we can truly say we speak for the wider community in Britain.’
    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?’
    • ‘Only the government has the reach and power to design and oversee a pension system that truly serves all.’
    • ‘These are public servants who truly serve rather than act as our masters, and inspire us rather than destroy our confidence.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • yours truly

    • 1Used as a formula for ending a letter.

      • ‘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'.’
      • ‘It certainly wouldn't bother me to receive a letter signed "yours truly".’
      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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Once again, look for yours truly on his own domain next week.’
        • ‘For general information on mutual funds, here is the Wikipedia article, originally written by yours truly.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

truly

/ˈtro͞olē//ˈtruli/