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through

As an adjective, through means finished or done. As an adverb it can mean backward and forward, completely, up to and including, or all the way to the end. The preposition through means in and out of.

Through has lots of meanings. If you finished your homework you might shout — gleefully — "I'm through!" Those people who wouldn't be quiet talked through the entire movie. The first half of the alphabet are the letters A through M. If you've memorized the multiplication table, you know the whole thing through. And, of course, you walk through a door.

Definitions of through
  1. adjective
    having finished or arrived at completion
    “after the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up”
    “almost through with his studies”
    synonyms: done, through with
    finished
    ended or brought to an end
  2. adjective
    (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes
    “a through street”
    “a through bus”
    through traffic”
    Synonyms:
    direct
    direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
  3. adverb
    from beginning to end
    “read this book through
  4. adverb
    over the whole distance
    “this bus goes through to New York”
  5. adverb
    to completion
    “think this through very carefully!”
  6. 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”
    synonyms: through and through
  7. adverb
    in diameter
    “this cylinder measures 15 inches through
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