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Definition of run-through

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually cursory reading, summary, or rehearsal

run through

ran through; run through; running through; runs through

Definition of run through (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pierce
2 : to spend or consume wastefully and rapidly
3 : to read or rehearse without pausing
b : to subject to a process

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Examples of run-through in a Sentence

Verb before I knew what was happening, the thug had run through me with a knife how did you manage to run through $300 in one day?

First Known Use of run-through


1905, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of run-through was in the 15th century

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“Run-through.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of run-through

: an activity in which you quickly do or read all the different parts of something especially in order to practice or prepare for something (such as a performance)

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