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thorough

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

Definition of thorough

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

thoroughly

adverb

thoroughness

noun

Examples of thorough in a Sentence

  1. … one realized that it was the restaurant's thorough and even comic Frenchness that had made it so entirely New York. —Adam GopnikNew Yorker22 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 EvansDaily Telegraph26 Sept. 1998
  3. The job was uncharacteristically thorough for a Russian contract killing—three different types of bullets riddled Mikho's body. New Republic15 Dec. 1997
  4. … as I look into their black faces, their hope is so thorough and consuming it frightens me. —Bob ShacochisHarper'sFebruary 1995

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Origin and Etymology of thorough


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thorough

preposition

Definition of thorough

archaic

Origin and Etymology of thorough

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


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thorough

adverb

Definition of thorough

archaic

Examples of thorough in a Sentence

  1. a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations

  2. The investigator will have to be thorough.

Origin and Etymology of thorough


THOROUGH Defined for English Language Learners

thorough

adjective

Definition of thorough for English Language Learners

  • : including every possible part or detail

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

  • : complete or absolute


THOROUGH Defined for Kids

thorough

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adjective thor·ough \ ˈthər-ō \

Definition of thorough for Students

1 :being such to the fullest degree :complete
  • a thorough search
2 :careful about little things
  • a thorough worker

thoroughly

adverb

thoroughness

noun


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