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Definition of through preposition 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, get through something is in the phrasal verb section at get. from one end or side of something or someone to the other The burglar got in through the window. The bullet went straight through him. Her knees had gone through (= made holes in) her jeans. The sand ran through (= between) my fingers. The path led through the trees to the river. The doctor pushed his way through the crowd. The Charles River flows through Boston.
  2. 2see, hear, etc. through something to see, hear, etc. something from the other side of an object or a substance I couldn't hear their conversation through the wall. He could just make out three people through the mist.
  3. 3from the beginning to the end of an activity, a situation, or a period of time The children are too young to sit through a concert. He will not live through the night. I'm halfway through (= reading) her second novel.
  4. 4past a barrier, stage, or test Go through this gate, and you'll see the house on your left. He drove through a red light (= passed it when he should have stopped). First I have to get through the exams. The bill had a difficult passage through Congress. I'd never have gotten through it all (= a difficult situation) without you.
  5. 5(informal thru) until, and including We'll be in New York Tuesday through Friday. note at inclusive
  6. 6by means of; because of You can only achieve success through hard work. It was through him (= as a result of his help) that I got the job. The accident happened through no fault of mine.
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