true ( truer comparative) ( truest superlative )
1 adj If something is true, it is based on facts rather than being invented or imagined, and is accurate and reliable.
oft it v-link ADJ that
Everything I had heard about him was true..., The film tells the true story of a group who survived in the Andes in sub-zero temperatures.
2 adj You use true to emphasize that a person or thing is sincere or genuine, often in contrast to something that is pretended or hidden.
ADJ n (emphasis)
I allowed myself to acknowledge my true feelings..., The true cost often differs from that which had first been projected...
3 adj If you use true to describe something or someone, you approve of them because they have all the characteristics or qualities that such a person or thing typically has.
ADJ n (approval)
Maybe one day you'll find true love..., The ability to work collaboratively is a true test of leadership..., I think he's a true genius.
4 adj If you say that a fact is trueof a particular person or situation, you mean that it is valid or relevant for them.
v-link ADJ of/for n
I accept that the romance may have gone out of the marriage, but surely this is true of many couples..., Expenditure on health in most of these countries has gone down, and the same is true for education.
5 adj If you are true to someone, you remain committed and loyal to them. If you are true to an idea or promise, you remain committed to it and continue to act according to it.
v-link ADJ to n
David was true to his wife..., India has remained true to democracy..., She's been true to her word from day one.
6 If a dream, wish, or prediction comes true, it actually happens.
come true phrase V inflects
Owning a place of their own is a dream come true for the couple.
7 If a general statement holds true in particular circumstances, or if your previous statement holds true in different circumstances, it is true or valid in those circumstances.
hold true phrase V inflects, oft PHR for n
This law is known to hold true for galaxies at a distance of at least several billion light years.
8 If you say that something seems too good to be true, you are suspicious of it because it seems better than you had expected, and you think there may something wrong with it that you have not noticed.
too good to be true phrase v-link PHR
On the whole the celebrations were remarkably good-humoured and peaceful. Indeed, it seemed almost too good to be true.
9 If you say that something such as a story or a film is true to life, you approve of it because it seems real.
true to life phrase v-link PHR (approval)
The opening scenes of this movie are just not true to life.
true colours →
true to form →
to ring true →
tried and true →
true-blue , true blue
1 adj If you describe someone as true-blue, you mean that they are right-wing in their ideas and opinions.
Her husband is a true blue Tory.
2 adj A true-blue supporter of something is someone who is very loyal and reliable.