Definition of through adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θruː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θruː//
    For 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. Train and bus travel
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  1. 1  from one end or side of something to the other Put the coffee in the filter and let the water run through. The tyre'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. 2  from 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. 3  past 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. 4  travelling through a place without stopping or without people having to get off one train and onto another ‘Did you stop in Oxford on the way?’ ‘No, we drove straight through.’ This train goes straight through to York. See related entries: Train and bus travel
  5. 5  connected 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. Word OriginOld English thurh (preposition and adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch door and German durch. The spelling change to thr- appears c.1300, becoming standard from Caxton onwards.Idioms completely; in every way He's British through and through.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: through

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