Definition of truly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtruːli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtruːli//
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  1. 1  used to emphasize that a particular statement, feeling, etc. is sincere or genuine I'm truly sorry that things had to end like this. I felt truly at home. I do care. Truly, I do! She truly believes that none of this is her fault.
  2. 2  used to emphasize a particular quality a truly memorable occasion a truly magnificent performance
  3. 3  used to emphasize that a particular description is accurate or correct a truly democratic system of government (informal) Well, really and truly, things were better than expected. He started the first truly international ballet company.
  4. Word OriginOld English trēowlīce ‘faithfully’ (see true, -ly).Word Familytrue adjective (untrue)truth nountruthful adjective (untruthful)truthfully adverbtruly adverbIdioms (informal) completely By that time we were well and truly lost.
    1. 1  Yours Truly (North American English, formal) used at the end of a formal letter before you sign your name
    2. 2(informal, often humorous) I/me Steve came first, Robin second, and yours truly came last.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: truly