- Through means completely or to the end.
An example of through is to see a plan all the way from its conception to its execution.
- Through is defined as in at one side or end and out at another.
An example of through is a train traveling the distance of a tunnel.
- in one side and out the other side of; from end to end of
- in the midst of: flying through the clouds
- among: hiking through the trees
- by way of: a train that goes through Boston
- over the entire extent or surface of
- to various places in; around: touring through France
- from the beginning to the end or conclusion of: to go through an experience, through the summer, went through all his provisions
- ⌂ up to and including: through Friday
- without making a stop for: to go through a red light
- past the limitations or difficulties of: to fight through all the red tape
- by means of: through her help
- as a result of; because of: done through error
Origin of throughMiddle English thurgh, thrugh ; from Old English thurh, akin to German durch ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, through, beyond from source Classical Latin trans, across, Sanskrit tirá?, through
- in one side and out the other; from end to end
- from the beginning to the end
- completely to the end; to a conclusion: to see something through
- in every part or way; thoroughly; completely: soaked throughalso through and through
- extending from one place to another; allowing free passage: a through street
- traveling to the destination without stops: a through train
- continuing on without making a stop: through traffic
- ⌂ not necessitating changes; good for traveling without intermediate transfer: a through ticket
- arrived at the end; finished: through with an assignment
- at the end of one's usefulness, resources, etc.: through in politics
- having no further dealings, connections, etc. (with someone or something)
- In one side and out the opposite or another side of: went through the tunnel.
- Among or between; in the midst of: a walk through the flowers.
- By way of: climbed in through the window.
- a. By the means or agency of: bought the antique vase through a dealer.b. Into and out of the handling, care, processing, modification, or consideration of: Her application went through our office. Run the figures through the computer.
- Here and there in; around: a tour through France.
- From the beginning to the end of: stayed up through the night.
- At or to the end of; done or finished with, especially successfully: We are through the initial testing period.
- Up to and including: a play that runs through December; a volume that covers A through D.
- Past and without stopping for: drove through a red light.
- Because of; on account of: She succeeded through hard work. He declined the honor through modesty.
- From one end or side to another or an opposite end or side: opened the door and went through.
- From beginning to end; completely: I read the article once through.
- Throughout the whole extent or thickness; thoroughly: warmed the leftovers clear through; got soaked through in the rain; a letter that was shot through with the writer's personality.
- Over the total distance; all the way: drove through to their final destination.
- To a conclusion or an accomplishment: see a matter through.
- Allowing continuous passage; unobstructed: a through street.
- a. Affording transportation to a destination with few or no stops and no transfers: a through bus; a through ticket.b. Continuing on a highway without exiting: through traffic; through lanes.
- Passing or extending from one end, side, or surface to another: a through beam.
- Having finished; at completion: She was through with the project.
- Having no further concern, dealings, or connection: I'm through with him.
- a. Having no more use, value, or potential; washed-up: That swimmer is through as an athlete.b. Doomed to death or destruction.
Origin of throughMiddle English thurh, through, from Old English thurh; see ter&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- From one side of an opening to the other.
- I went through the window.
- Entering, then later leaving.
- I drove through the town at top speed without looking left or right.
- Surrounded by (while moving).
- We slogged through the mud for hours before turning back and giving up.
- By means of.
- This team believes in winning through intimidation.
- (North America) To (up to) and including, with all intermediate values.
- from 1945 through 1991; the numbers 1 through 9; your membership is active through March 15, 2013
- Passing from one side of an object to the other.
- Interstate highways form a nationwide system of through roads.
- Finished; complete
- They were through with laying the subroof by noon.
- Valueless; without a future.
- After being implicated in the scandal, he was through as an executive in financial services.
- No longer interested.
- She was through with him.
- Proceeding from origin to destination without delay due to change of equipment.
- The through flight through Memphis was the fastest.
- From one side to the other by way of the interior.
- The arrow went straight through.
- From one end to the other.
- Others slept; he worked straight through.
- She read the letter through.
- To the end.
- He said he would see it through.
- Leave the yarn in the dye overnight so the color soaks through.
- Out into the open.
- The American army broke through at St. Lo.
From Middle English *thrugh, thruch, thruh, metathetic variants of Middle English thurgh, thurh, from Old English Ã¾orh, Ã¾urh, Ã¾erh, Ã¾Ã¦rh (“through, for, during, by, by means of, by use of, because of, in consequence of"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾erh (“through"), *Ã¾urh, from Proto-Indo-European *ter- (“through, throughout, over"). Cognate with Scots throch (“through"), West Frisian troch (“through"), Dutch door (“through"), German durch (“through"), Gothic [script?] (Ã¾aÃrh, “through"), Latin trans (“across, over, through"), Albanian tÃ«rthor (“through, around"), Welsh tra (“through"). See also thorough.
From Old English Ã¾rÅ«h