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"true" in British English

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uk   us   /truː/
  • true adjective (NOT FALSE)

A2 (​especially of ​facts or ​statements) ​right and not ​wrong; ​correct: [+ that] Is it true that Mariana and ​Mark are getting ​married? The ​allegations, if true, could ​lead to her ​resignation. Her ​story is only partly true. Would it be true to say that you've never ​liked Jim? I ​suspect she gave a true picture (= ​accuratedescription) of what had ​happened. I don't ​believe these ​examresults are a true reflection of ​yourabilities. The ​movie is ​based on the true story of a London ​gangster. She has since ​admitted that her ​earlierstatement was not strictly (= ​completely) true. It used to be very ​cheap but that's no ​longer true (= that ​situation does not now ​exist). Alcohol should be ​consumed in ​moderation, and this is ​particularly true forpregnant women. Parents of ​youngchildren often ​becomedepressed, and this isespecially true ofsingleparents.
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true enough
correct or ​accurate but not ​completelyexplaining something: It's true enough that he had ​doubts about the ​project, but we have to ​lookfurther to ​understand why he ​resigned.

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  • true adjective (REAL)

B1 [before noun] being what ​exists, ​rather than what was ​thought, ​intended, or ​stated: true love a true ​friend There cannot be true ​democracy without ​reform of the ​electoralsystem. The true horror of the ​accident did not ​becomeclear until the ​morning.
come true
B1 If a ​hope, ​wish, or ​dream comes true, it ​happensalthough it was ​unlikely that it would: I'd always ​dreamed of ​owning my own ​house, but I never ​thought it would come true. After all the ​problems I'd had getting ​pregnant, Oliver's ​birth was a dream come true.

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  • true adjective (SINCERE)

C2 sincere or ​loyal, and ​likely to ​continue to be so in ​difficultsituations: There are few true ​believers in ​communismleft in the ​party. She has ​vowed to ​remain true to the ​president whatever ​happens. He said he'd ​repay the ​money the next ​day, and true to his word (= as he had ​promised), he gave it all back to me the ​followingmorning.
be true to yourself
to ​behaveaccording to ​yourbeliefs and do what you ​think is ​right
true to form/type
Someone who does something true to ​form or ​typebehaves as other ​people would have ​expected from ​previousexperience: True to ​form, when it came to his ​turn to ​buy the ​drinks, he said he'd ​left his ​wallet at ​home.

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[before noun] having all the ​characteristicsnecessary to be ​accuratelydescribed as something: Only true ​deer have ​antlers.formal It was said that the ​portrait was a very true likeness of her (= ​looked very much like her). In true ​Hollywood style (= in a way that is ​typical of ​Hollywood), she's had four ​marriages and three ​facelifts.

truenoun [U]

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(Definition of true from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"true" in American English

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trueadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /tru/
agreeing with ​fact; not ​false or ​wrong: The ​story is ​actually true. [+ that clause] It is true that the ​risk of ​breakingyourhipincreases with ​age.
based on what is ​real, or ​actual, not ​imaginary: His ​stafftried to ​keep the true ​nature of his ​illness a ​secret.
true love
Your true ​love is someone or something you ​love more than all ​others: Her true ​love is ​music.
sincere and ​loyal: I am lucky to have true ​friends. She is one ​politician who ​remains true to her ​principles.
having all the characteristics ​necessary to be an ​example of a ​particular thing: Only true ​deer have ​antlers. This ​portrait is ​supposed to be a true ​likeness of Washington.
(Definition of true from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"true" in Business English

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trueadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /truː/ ACCOUNTING
used to describe the ​finaltotalamount of something after ​extracosts or ​payments have been ​added or taken away: You will need to ​convert the ​prices into ​dollars to see the true ​cost. It is ​illegal to hide ​transactions or to otherwise ​misrepresent the true ​value of a ​business. They ​bought in haste and without ​calculating the true ​cost of ​purchase.
(Definition of true from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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