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thorough

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preposition thor·ough \ˈthər-(ˌ)ō, sometimes ˈthȯr-; ˈthə-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of thorough

archaic

  1. :  through



Origin of thorough

Middle English thorow, from Old English thurh, thuruh, preposition & adverb


First Known Use: before 12th century


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thorough

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adverb thor·ough \ˈthər-(ˌ)ō, sometimes ˈthȯr-; ˈthə-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of thorough

archaic

  1. :  through



Origin of thorough

(see 1thorough)


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with thorough


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thorough

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adjective thor·ough \ˈthər-(ˌ)ō, sometimes ˈthȯr-; ˈthə-(ˌ)rō\

Simple Definition of thorough

  • : including every possible part or detail

  • : careful about doing something in an accurate and exact way

  • : complete or absolute

Full Definition of thorough

  1. 1 :  carried through to completion :  exhaustive <a thorough search>

  2. 2a :  marked by full detail <a thorough description>b :  careful about detail :  painstaking <a thorough scholar>c :  complete in all respects <thorough pleasure>d :  having full mastery (as of an art) <a thorough musician>

thor·ough·ly adverb
thor·ough·ness noun

Examples of thorough

  1. … one realized that it was the restaurant's thorough and even comic Frenchness that had made it so entirely New York. —Adam Gopnik, New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2004

  2. Bruce tells me to squat down and Koani sidles up, ears flattened, tail tucked away, and gives my face a thorough licking. —Nicholas Evans, Daily Telegraph, 26 Sept. 1998

  3. The job was uncharacteristically thorough for a Russian contract killing—three different types of bullets riddled Mikho's body. —New Republic, 15 Dec. 1997

  4. … as I look into their black faces, their hope is so thorough and consuming it frightens me. —Bob Shacochis, Harper's, February 1995

  5. a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations

  6. The investigator will have to be thorough.



Origin of thorough

(see 1thorough)


First Known Use: 15th century



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