Meaning of “truly” in the English Dictionary

"truly" in British English

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uk /ˈtruː.li/ us /ˈtruː.li/

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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(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)