through [thro͞o]
[ME thurgh, thrugh < OE thurh, akin to Ger durch < IE base * ter-, through, beyond > L trans, across, Sans tiráḥ, through]
1. in one side and out the other side of; from end to end of
a) in the midst of [flying through the clouds]
b) among [hiking through the trees]
3. by way of [a train that goes through Boston]
4. over the entire extent or surface of
5. to various places in; around [touring through France]
a) from the beginning to the end or conclusion of [to go through an experience, through the summer, went through all his provisions ]
b) up to and including [through Friday]
7. without making a stop for [to go through a red light]
8. past the limitations or difficulties of [to fight through all the red tape]
9. by means of [through her help]
10. as a result of; because of [done through error]
1. in one side and out the other; from end to end
2. from the beginning to the end
3. completely to the end; to a conclusion [to see something through]
4. in every part or way; thoroughly; completely [soaked through]: also through and through
1. extending from one place to another; allowing free passage [a through street ]
a) traveling to the destination without stops [a through train]
b) continuing on without making a stop [through traffic ]
3. not necessitating changes; good for traveling without intermediate transfer [a through ticket]
4. arrived at the end; finished [through with an assignment]
5. at the end of one's usefulness, resources, etc. [through in politics]
6. having no further dealings, connections, etc. (with someone or something): Through is also used in idiomatic expressions (e.g., get through), many of which are entered in this dictionary under the key words

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  • through — [ θru ] function word *** Through can be used in the following ways: as a preposition (followed by a noun): They were riding through a forest. as an adverb (without a following noun): There s a hole in the roof where the rain comes through. as an …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Through — Through, prep. [OE. thurgh, [thorn]urh, [thorn]uruh, [thorn]oruh, AS. [thorn]urh; akin to OS. thurh, thuru, OFries. thruch, D. door, OHG. durh, duruh, G. durch, Goth. [thorn]a[ i]rh; cf. Ir. tri, tre, W. trwy. [root]53. Cf. {Nostril}, {Thorough} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Through — Through, a. Going or extending through; going, extending, or serving from the beginning to the end; thorough; complete; as, a through line; a through ticket; a through train. Also, admitting of passage through; as, a through bridge. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Through — Through, adv. 1. From one end or side to the other; as, to pierce a thing through. [1913 Webster] 2. From beginning to end; as, to read a letter through. [1913 Webster] 3. To the end; to a conclusion; to the ultimate purpose; as, to carry a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • through — There are two important uses which are still regarded as Americanisms but are beginning to make an impression on BrE: 1. As a preposition meaning ‘up to and including’, as in Monday through Friday. British speakers are aware of this use but still …   Modern English usage

  • through — c.1300, metathesis of O.E. þurh, from W.Gmc. *thurkh (Cf. O.S. thuru, O.Fris. thruch, M.Du. dore, Du. door, O.H.G. thuruh, Ger. durch, Goth. þairh through ), from PIE root *tere through (Cf. Skt. tirah, Avestan …   Etymology dictionary

  • through — [adj1] done buttoned up*, complete, completed, concluded, ended, finis*, finished, in the bag*, over, terminated, wound up*, wrapped up*; concepts 531,548 Ant. incomplete, unfinished through [adj2] direct constant, free, nonstop, one way, opened …   New thesaurus

  • through — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB 1) moving in one side and out of the other side of (an opening or location). 2) so as to make a hole or passage in. 3) (preposition ) expressing the position or location of something beyond (an opening or an obstacle). 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • through — through; through·ly; through·ith·er; …   English syllables

  • through — I adjective completed, concluded, decided, done, done with, ended, finished, set at rest, settled, terminated II (By means of) adverb by means of, by the hand of, by way of, using, using the help of III (From beginning to end) adverb …   Law dictionary

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