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true to (someone or something)
1. Firmly devoted or loyal to someone or something. You promised to be true to me when we got married—do those vows mean nothing to you? True to her word, Margaret destroyed the documents after I paid the blackmail.
2. Consistent or in accordance with some pre-established aspect or condition. You promised to be true to me when we got married—do those vows mean nothing to you? We have to have a president who is true to our company's values. His paintings are startlingly true to life.
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1. Loyal or faithful to, as in She knew he'd be true to his marriage vows, or, as Shakespeare had Polonius tell Hamlet, "This above all, to thine own self be true" ( Hamlet, 1:3). [c. 1200]
2. Conforming to or consistent with, as in The speech was true to the party platform, or True to type, he died while working at his desk.
3. true to life. Consistent with reality, realistically represented, as in This painting is very true to life. [Early 1800s] For true to form, see under run to form.
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