Thorough meaning

thûrō, thŭrō
The definition of thorough is something being done completely, missing no details.

An example of thorough is the inspection that your mechanic does on your car.

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Painstaking and careful not to miss or omit any detail.

The Prime Minister announced a thorough investigation into the death of a father of two in police custody.

He is the most thorough worker I have ever seen.

The infested house needs a thorough cleansing before it will be inhabitable.

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It is a thorough pleasure to see him beg for mercy.

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(obsolete) Through. [9th-19th c.]

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That is completely (the thing specified); out-and-out; absolute.

A thorough rascal.

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(UK, dialect) A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.

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Exhaustively complete.

A thorough search.

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Painstakingly accurate or careful.

Thorough research.

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Absolute; utter.

A thorough pleasure.

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Passing through.

Thoroughfare.

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Done or proceeding through to the end; omitting nothing; complete.

A thorough checkup.

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Very exact, accurate, or painstaking, esp. with regard to details.

A thorough researcher.

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(eng. history) The ruthlessly thoroughgoing administrative policies carried out by William Laud and the Earl of Strafford during the reign of Charles I.
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Origin of thorough

  • Middle English thorow through, thorough from Old English thuruh from end to end, through terə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A disyllabic form of Old English þurh (“through").

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English þuruh.

    From Wiktionary