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Definition 1: proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • out of true

(true is a kind of ...) the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines

Definition 2: make level, square, balanced, or concentric - [verb of change]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • true up the cylinder of an engine

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is a kind of ...) place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight

"align the car with the curb" "align the sheets of paper on the table"

Definition 3: consistent with fact or reality; not false - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the story is true
  • it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true
  • the true meaning of the statement

(true is similar to ...) infallible or unfailing

"a sure (or true) sign of one's commitment"

(true is similar to ...) conforming to truth

"I wouldn't have told you this if it weren't so" "a truthful statement"

(true is similar to ...) of a proposition; necessarily true or logically certain

(true is similar to ...) being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something

"her actual motive" "a literal solitude like a desert" "a genuine dilemma"

(means also ...) open and genuine; not deceitful

"he was a good man, decent and sincere" "felt sincere regret that they were leaving" "sincere friendship"

(means also ...) not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

"honest lawyers" "honest reporting"

(means also ...) not fake or counterfeit

"a genuine Picasso" "genuine leather"

(means also ...) steadfast in affection or allegiance

"years of faithful service" "faithful employees" "we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor"

(means also ...) free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

"the correct answer" "the correct version" "the right answer" "took the right road" "the right decision"

(... are attributes of true) conformity to reality or actuality

"they debated the truth of the proposition" "the situation brought home to us the blunt truth of the military threat" "he was famous for the truth of his portraits" "he turned to religion in his search for eternal verities"

Definition 4: expressing or given to expressing the truth - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a true statement
  • gave truthful testimony
  • a truthful person

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) marked by truth

"gave honest answers" "honest reporting"

(true is similar to ...) habitually speaking the truth

"a veracious witness"

(means also ...) not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

"honest lawyers" "honest reporting"

Definition 5: as acknowledged - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • true, she is the smartest in her class

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: accurately placed or thrown - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his aim was true
  • he was dead on target

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy

"an accurate reproduction" "the accounting was accurate" "accurate measurements" "an accurate scale"

Definition 7: accurately fitted; level - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the window frame isn't quite true

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)

"an even application of varnish" "an even floor" "the road was not very even" "the picture is even with the window"

Definition 8: determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • true north is geographic north

(true is similar to ...) determined by geography

"the north and south geographic poles"

Definition 9: in tune; accurate in pitch - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a true note

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) musically pleasing

Definition 10: having a legally established claim - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the legitimate heir
  • the true and lawful king

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) of marriages and offspring; recognized as lawful

Definition 11: rightly so called - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • true courage
  • a spirit which true men have always admired
  • a true friend

(true is similar to ...) no less than what is stated; worthy of the name

"the real reason" "real war" "a real friend" "a real woman" "meat and potatoes--I call that a real meal" "it's time he had a real job" "it's no penny-ante job--he's making real money"

Definition 12: not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • genuine emotion
  • her interest in people was unfeigned
  • true grief

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) open and genuine; not deceitful

"he was a good man, decent and sincere" "felt sincere regret that they were leaving" "sincere friendship"

Definition 13: worthy of being depended on - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a dependable worker
  • an honest working stiff
  • a reliable source of information
  • he was true to his word
  • I would be true for there are those who trust me

Synonyms for true in the sense of this definition

(true is similar to ...) worthy of trust or belief

"a trustworthy report" "an experienced and trustworthy traveling companion"

Definition 14: conforming to definitive criteria - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the horseshoe crab is not a true crab
  • Pythagoras was the first true mathematician

(true is similar to ...) exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category

"a typical American girl" "a typical suburban community" "the typical car owner drives 10,000 miles a year" "a painting typical of the Impressionist school" "a typical romantic poem" "a typical case of arteritis"

Definition 15: devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where true or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them

(true is similar to ...) steadfast in affection or allegiance

"years of faithful service" "faithful employees" "we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor"

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