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truly

adverb uk   /ˈtruː.li/ us  

truly adverb (EMPHASIZING TRUTH)

B2 used to emphasize that what you are saying is true: At this time of year the river is a truly beautiful sight. She was a truly great actress. This is a truly remarkable achievement. It was a truly terrifying experience.
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truly adverb (REALLY)

really existing; in fact: These will be the first truly democratic elections in the country's history. It's hard to obtain truly independent financial advice. This is a desperate situation which requires a truly radical solution.

truly adverb (SINCERELY)

C1 formal sincerely: Truly, I could not have done this without you. He truly believes he can cure himself by willpower alone.Yours truly formal mainly US used to end a letter: I look forward to hearing from you. Yours truly, Taylor Champinski.
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truly adverb (EXACTLY)

in an exact way: Mushrooms aren't truly vegetables, but many people think they are.
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