- executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search.
- complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment.
- extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough worker; a thorough analysis.
- having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.: a thorough actress.
- extending or passing through.
- Archaic. through.
- (initial capital letter) English History. the administrative policies of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud during the reign of Charles I: so called because they were uncompromisingly carried out.
Origin of thorough
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Examples from the Web for thorough
The result was a thorough shellacking of the Democratic party from top to bottom.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
Cammue, whose agency has now performed a thorough assessment of the current cremation process at Boystown, is extremely concerned.Rage Against the Ebola Crematorium
November 11, 2014
In an attempt to offer up a thorough document, Brown manages to capture a wide array of people on camera.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
The disease is spread via bodily fluids, necesitating strict isolation for the patients and thorough decontamination.Two American Ebola Patients Coming Home to U.S. for Treatment
August 1, 2014
Of course, Wolfe dropped acid for the sake of good, thorough journalism.Five Journalists Who Did Drugs for Work
June 4, 2014
This time the Romans decided to be thorough in their work of destruction.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
A thorough examination should be regularly made, and I will promote it.
Neither is politeness at all inconsistent with thorough familiarity.Weighed and Wanting
The Metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.The Conquest of Fear
This man had been in the service a long time, and was a thorough man-of-war's man.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- carried out completely and carefullya thorough search
- (prenominal) uttera thorough bore
- painstakingly carefulmy work is thorough
- thoroughgoing policy, as adopted in England by Strafford and Laud during the reign of Charles I
Word Origin and History for thorough
late 15c., adjectival use of Old English þuruh (adv.) "from end to end, from side to side," stressed variant of þurh (adv., prep.); see through. Related: thoroughly (c.1300).