Meaning of “truly” in the English Dictionary

"truly" in British English

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uk /ˈtruː.li/ us /ˈtruː.li/

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.

More examples

  • A system of checks and balances exists to ensure that our government is truly democratic.
  • The duck-billed platypus is a truly bizarre creature.
  • His first novel was well and truly lambasted by the critics.
  • The lavish production makes this musical truly memorable.
  • He was a truly marvellous storyteller.

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.

More examples

  • There are few crimes more truly shocking than the murder or abuse of children.
  • I was truly astonished to hear his news.
  • Truly, I could not have hoped for more.
  • I truly believed that he was my friend.
  • This is truly the first time I have been in love.

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

"truly" in American English

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us /ˈtru·li/

truly adverb (CERTAINLY)

without a doubt; certainly:

The area is truly beautiful.

truly adverb (ACTUALLY)

actually; correctly; in reality:

Can it be truly said that he represents all the people of his country?

truly adverb (EXACTLY)

in an exact way:

Tomatoes aren’t truly vegetables – they’re fruit.

truly adverb (SINCERELY)


I’m truly sorry about the accident.

Truly is sometimes used at the end of a letter instead of sincerely:

Yours truly, Anne
Very truly yours, Joseph Logan

(Definition of “truly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)