thoroughly

adverb thor·ough·ly \ ˈthər-(ˌ)ō-lē , sometimes ˈthȯr- ; ˈthə-(ˌ)rō- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of thoroughly

: in a complete or thorough manner
  • Police thoroughly searched the crime scene for clues.
  • Bats are extremely tidy: they comb themselves thoroughly, and don't gather a mess of nesting materials for their homes, as birds do.
  • —Diane Ackerman
: to a complete or thorough extent
  • We were thoroughly satisfied with the service we received.
  • thoroughly disgusted/delighted
  • By taking all the tricks in the game, one defeats the opponent so thoroughly that he may be disconcerted …
  • —Craig M. Carver

First Known Use of thoroughly

15th century



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