thor·​ough·​ly | \ ˈthər-(ˌ)ō-lē How to pronounce thoroughly (audio) , sometimes ˈthȯr-; ˈthə-(ˌ)rō- \

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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Thoroughly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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