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through

[ throo ]
/ θru /
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preposition

adverb

adjective

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Idioms for through

    through and through,
    1. through the whole extent of; thoroughly: cold through and through.
    2. from beginning to end; in all respects: an aristocrat through and through.

Origin of through

before 900; Middle English (preposition and adv.), metathetic variant of thourgh,Old English thurh, cognate with German durch; akin to Old English therh,Gothic thairh through, Old High German derh perforated, Old English thyrel full of holes (adj.), hole (noun). See thirl

synonym study for through

8. See by1.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH through

threw, through
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British Dictionary definitions for through

through
/ (θruː) /

preposition

adjective

adverb

through some specified thing, place, or period of time
thoroughly; completely
Also: (informal or poetic) thro', (informal or poetic) thro, (chiefly US) thru

Word Origin for through

Old English thurh; related to Old Frisian thruch, Old Saxon thuru, Old High German duruh
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Idioms and Phrases with through

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