thorough

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adjective

thor·​ough ˈthər-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce thorough (audio)
 sometimes  ˈthȯr-;
ˈthə-(ˌ)rō
1
: carried through to completion : exhaustive
a thorough search
2
a
: 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
thoroughness noun

thorough

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preposition

archaic

thorough

3 of 3

adverb

archaic

Examples of thorough in a Sentence

Adjective … 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
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
The job was uncharacteristically thorough for a Russian contract killing—three different types of bullets riddled Mikho's body. New Republic, 15 Dec. 1997
a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations The investigator will have to be thorough.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Readers can also use the stock screener tool to make a more thorough review of the results. Hakyung Kim, CNBC, 12 July 2024 After a thorough investigation, an arrest warrant was sought charging Katz with criminal violations, according to police. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 12 July 2024 It should be done after a careful, thorough, and thoughtful consideration of all of the evidence and the strength of evidence. Jimmy Jenkins, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2024 The five-acre spread, with all the latest and greatest in privacy and security measures, underwent a quick but thorough renovation over the last handful of months, according to listings held by Santiago Arana of The Agency. Mark David, Robb Report, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for thorough 

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Word History

Etymology

Preposition, Adjective, and Adverb

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thorough was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thorough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thorough. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

thorough

adjective
thor·​ough
ˈthər-ō,
ˈthə-rō
1
: marked by or carried out to completion : exhaustive
a thorough search
2
: careful about detail
a thorough worker
thoroughly adverb
thoroughness noun
Etymology

Adjective

Middle English thorow "thorough," from Old English thuruh, thurh "through" — related to thrill, through see Word History at thrill

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