- truthW2S1 [tru:θ] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(true facts)¦2¦(being true)¦3¦(important ideas)¦4 in truth5 if (the) truth be known/told6 to tell (you) the truth7 nothing could be further from the truth8 the truth will out▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: treowth 'faithfulness']1.) ¦(TRUE FACTS)¦the truththe true facts about something, rather than what is untrue, imagined, or guessed▪ She'd come to find out the truth about her family.the truth behind▪ We'll never know the truth behind the accident.▪ In the end she was forced to reveal the truth .▪ How do we know you're telling the truth ?▪ You can't punish a man for speaking the truth .▪ The way he was looking at her, it was obvious he knew the truth .▪ I'll get the truth out of him somehow.▪ It was many months before the whole truth was discovered.▪ I love you - and that's the honest truth !▪ The plain truth is that you'll never get to university.▪ He began to realize the awful truth about her past.▪ The truth of the matter is that nothing has changed since the election.▪ Her guess came a little too close to the truth for my liking.2.) ¦(BEING TRUE)¦[U]the state or quality of being truetruth in▪ There was some truth in the accusations.grain/element of truth(=small amount of truth)▪ There wasn't a grain of truth in what he said.▪ There was an element of truth (=a small amount of truth) in what he said.▪ There is no truth in the rumour.3.) ¦(IMPORTANT IDEAS)¦ [C usually plural] formalan important fact or idea that is accepted as being true▪ The experience has taught us some basic truths .an unhappy/unpleasant/unwelcome truth(=an unpleasant or disappointing fact)▪ It is in his interest to hide unhappy truths about his agency's performance.4.) in truthin fact= ↑really▪ Early independence leaders were in truth little better than rebels.5.) if (the) truth be known/toldused when telling someone the real facts about a situation, or your real opinion▪ If the truth be known, I felt a little left out at school.6.) to tell (you) the truthspoken used when giving your personal opinion or admitting something▪ To tell the truth, I was frightened to death.7.) nothing could be further from the truthused to say that something is definitely not true8.) the truth will outold-fashioned used to say that even if you try to stop people from knowing something, they will find out in the end→the moment of truth at ↑moment▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1find out/discover/get to the truthreveal the truthtell the truthspeak the truthknow the truthget the truth out of somebody (=make them tell you the truth)the whole/complete/full truththe honest truththe plain/simple/naked truth (=the truth, with no details or explanation to make it seem pleasant)the shocking/terrible/sad etc truththe truth of the mattercome close/near to the truth▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.