play·​through ˈplā-ˌthrü How to pronounce playthrough (audio)
plural playthroughs
: an act of playing something (such as a piece of music or a game) from start to finish
More important, each work stands out as a carefully conceived musical journey, especially when compared to the usual recording process, which tends to be a patchwork of the best "takes" of dozens of playthroughs.Graham Dwyer
Rather, unlocking the full thought-provoking story requires an entire playthrough and time to actually reflect on Team Silent's overall message.Jason Le

Examples of playthrough in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To a large extent, all of them can work, and all of them are rich options for repeat playthroughs. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 21 Oct. 2023 Your empire is further molded by choices you’re offered throughout your playthrough. WIRED, 20 Sep. 2023 Not only can fans get married at the wedding chapel, but legendary bands frequently renew their vows with reunions and full album playthroughs. Josh Chesler, Spin, 20 Sep. 2023 Most videos, however, are screen-record playthroughs of Minecraft. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 1 July 2023 The Candles will unlock the seven heroes beyond the initial four, as well as give permanent bonuses, unlock items for future playthroughs and upgrade the Stagecoach used in the journey. Jason Bennett, Arkansas Online, 17 July 2023 That last one occupied quite a bit of my playthrough. Erik Kain, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 While this is certainly possible, my own eight-hour playthrough didn’t feel wasted in any way. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 18 July 2022 But, when returning to his playthrough, Minichiello had a lightbulb moment. Saira Mueller, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History


from the phrasal verb to play through

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of playthrough was in 1948

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“Playthrough.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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