Definitions for throughθru

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. in at one end, side, or surface and out at the other:

    to pass through a tunnel.

  2. past; beyond:

    went through a red light.

  3. from one to the other of:

    swinging through the trees.

  4. across the extent of:

    traveled through several countries.

  5. during the whole period of; throughout:

    worked through the night.

  6. done with:

    What time are you through work?

  7. to and including:

    from 1900 through 1950.

  8. by the means of:

    I found out through him.

  9. by reason of:

    He ran away through fear.

  10. from the first to final stage of:

    to get through a performance on time.

  11. (adv.)in at one end, side, or surface and out at the other:

    to push a needle through.

  12. all the way:

    This train goes through to Boston.

  13. throughout:

    soaking wet through.

  14. from beginning to end:

    to read a letter through.

  15. to completion:

    to carry a matter through.

  16. (adj.)at a point or in a state of completion of an action, process, etc.; finished:

    Please be quiet until I'm through.

    Category: Usage Note

  17. at the end of all relations or dealings:

    She's through with her boyfriend.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  18. extending from one end, side, etc., to the other.

  19. proceeding to a destination, goal, etc., without a change, break, or deviation:

    a through flight; the through line of a story.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  20. (of a road, route, etc.) permitting continuous or uninterrupted passage.

  21. of no further use or value; washed-up:

    Critics say he's through as a writer.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for through:

  1. through and through, throughout every part; thoroughly: in all respects:

    cold through and through.

    an aristocrat through and through.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of through:

bef. 900; ME, metathetic var. of thourgh, OE thurh, c. OFris thruch, OS thurh, thuru, OHG duruh; akin to OE therh, Go thairh through. Cf. thirl

Princeton's WordNet

  1. done, through, through with(p)(adj)

    having finished or arrived at completion

    "certain to make history before he's done"; "it's a done deed"; "after the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up"; "almost through with his studies"

  2. through(a)(adverb)

    (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes

    "a through street"; "a through bus"; "through traffic"

  3. through(adverb)

    from beginning to end

    "read this book through"

  4. through(adverb)

    over the whole distance

    "this bus goes through to New York"

  5. through(adverb)

    to completion

    "think this through very carefully!"

  6. through(adverb)

    in diameter

    "this cylinder measures 15 inches through"

  7. through, through and through(adverb)

    throughout the entire extent

    "got soaked through in the rain"; "I'm frozen through"; "a letter shot through with the writer's personality"; "knew him through and through"; "boards rotten through and through"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. through(preposition)θru

    from one side or end to the other

    a deer running through the woods; The knife won't cut through the meat.

  2. throughθru

    from the beginning of a period, activity, etc. to the end

    Did the baby sleep through the night?; We're open Monday through Saturday.

  3. throughθru

    past a door, gate, barrier, etc.

    A bird flew in through the open window.; Go through the door and turn left.

  4. throughθru

    finished with or past sth, especially sth long or difficult

    If I can get through these two files, I'll be finished.

  5. throughθru

    by doing or using sth

    Kids learn through experience.; ways to improve reading skills through libraries

  6. throughθru

    to be able to see, hear, etc. despite sth in the way

    I couldn't see through the fog.; She felt the heat of the fire through the door.

  7. through(adverb)θru

    from one side or end to the other

    We stood in the tunnel watching cars go through.; The clouds drifted away and the sun came through.

  8. throughθru

    finished with or past sth, especially sth long or difficult

    You can read it when I'm through.

  9. throughθru

    past a door, gate, barrier, etc.

    I opened the door and let her through.; The light was red, but he drove right through.

  10. throughθru

    traveling to a place without stopping anywhere

    We drove straight through from Boston to Washington.

  11. through(adjective)θru

    (of traffic) going from one side of an area to another without stopping

    The sign said, "Through traffic only."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Through

    from end to end of, or from side to side of; from one surface or limit of, to the opposite; into and out of at the opposite, or at another, point; as, to bore through a piece of timber, or through a board; a ball passes through the side of a ship

  2. Through

    between the sides or walls of; within; as, to pass through a door; to go through an avenue

  3. Through

    by means of; by the agency of

  4. Through

    over the whole surface or extent of; as, to ride through the country; to look through an account

  5. Through

    among or in the midst of; -- used to denote passage; as, a fish swims through the water; the light glimmers through a thicket

  6. Through

    from the beginning to the end of; to the end or conclusion of; as, through life; through the year

  7. Through(adverb)

    from one end or side to the other; as, to pierce a thing through

  8. Through(adverb)

    from beginning to end; as, to read a letter through

  9. Through(adverb)

    to the end; to a conclusion; to the ultimate purpose; as, to carry a project through

  10. Through(adj)

    going or extending through; going, extending, or serving from the beginning to the end; thorough; complete; as, a through line; a through ticket; a through train. Also, admitting of passage through; as, a through bridge

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'through' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #108

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'through' in Written Corpus Frequency: #192

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'through' in Adverbs Frequency: #104

Translations for through

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a bus or train) that goes all the way to one's destination, so that one doesn't have to change (buses or trains)

There isn't a through train; – you'll have to change.

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