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Definition of through adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1For the special uses of through in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, carry something through is in the phrasal verb section at carry. from one end or side of something to the other Put the coffee in the filter and let the water run through. The tire's flat—the nail has gone right through. The onlookers stood aside to let the paramedics through. The flood was too deep to drive through.
  2. 2from the beginning to the end of a thing or period of time Don't tell me how it ends—I haven't read it all the way through yet. I expect I'll struggle through until payday.
  3. 3past a barrier, stage, or test The lights were red but he drove straight through. Our team is through to (= has reached) the semi-finals.
  4. 4traveling through a place without stopping or without people having to get off one train and onto another “Did you stop in Baltimore on the way?” “No, we drove straight through.” This train goes straight through to New York.
  5. 5connected by telephone Ask to be put through to me personally. I tried to call you but I couldn't get through.
  6. 6used after an adjective to mean “completely” We got wet through.
  7. Idioms
    through and through
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    completely; in every way He's Texan through and through.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: through

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