Thorough

  • 1 Thorough — Thor ough, a. 1. Passing through; as, thorough lights in a house. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Passing through or to the end; hence, complete; perfect; as, a thorough reformation; thorough work; a thorough translator; a thorough poet. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 thorough — [thʉr′ō; ] Brit [ thu′rə] prep., adv. [ME thoruh, thuruh, an emphatic var. of through,THROUGH] obs. var. of THROUGH adj. 1. passing through: now chiefly in combination, as in thoroughfare 2. done or proceeding through to the end; omitting… …

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  • 3 thorough — / thoroughgoing [adj1] exhaustive absolute, all embracing, all inclusive, all out*, all the way*, assiduous, blow by blow*, careful, circumstantial, clocklike, complete, comprehensive, conscientious, detailed, efficient, exact, from A to Z*, full …

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  • 4 thorough — ► ADJECTIVE 1) complete with regard to every detail. 2) performed with or showing great care and completeness. 3) absolute; utter: he is a thorough nuisance. DERIVATIVES thoroughly adverb thoroughness noun. ORIGIN Old English, «through» …

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  • 5 Thorough — Thor ough, prep. [See {Through}.] Through. [Obs.] Spenser. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 Thorough — Thor ough, adv. 1. Thoroughly. [Obs. or Colloq.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Through. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Thorough — Thor ough, n. A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 thorough — I adjective absolute, accurate, all inclusive, assiduous, careful, complete, comprehensive, consummate, definitive, detailed, diligent, downright, entire, exhaustive, extensive, full, fully executed, inclusive, intensive, meticulous, painstaking …

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  • 9 thorough — late 15c., adj. use of O.E. þuruh (adv.) from end to end, from side to side, stressed variant of þurh (adv., prep.); see THROUGH (Cf. through). Related: thoroughly (c.1300) …

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  • 10 thorough — [[t]θʌ̱rə, AM θɜ͟ːroʊ[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A thorough action or activity is one that is done very carefully and in a detailed way so that nothing is forgotten. We are making a thorough investigation... This very thorough survey goes… …

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  • 11 thorough — thor|ough [ θʌrə ] adjective * 1. ) including everything that is possible or necessary: The key to a good interview is thorough preparation. a thorough investigation/examination/search: a thorough and painstaking investigation by the police a… …

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  • 12 thorough */ — UK [ˈθʌrə] / US adjective 1) a) including everything that is possible or necessary The key to a good interview is thorough preparation. a thorough understanding/knowledge: She has a thorough understanding of the business. a thorough… …

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  • 13 Thorough — In 17th century England, Thorough was a name given by Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford to a scheme of his to establish absolute monarchy in England. Although Thorough is largely attributed to Strafford, its implementation can also be… …

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  • 14 thorough — 01. You need to be very [thorough] in checking for errors in your assignments; you don t want to lose marks for careless mistakes. 02. Make sure you wash your hands [thoroughly] after cleaning the bathrooms. 03. We did a [thorough] search of the… …

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  • 15 thorough — thor|ough [ˈθʌrə US ˈθʌrou, ˈθʌrə] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: thorough through (11 21 centuries), from through] 1.) including every possible detail →↑thoroughly ▪ The doctor gave him a thorough check up. ▪ a thorough and detailed biography ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 thorough — I. preposition Etymology: Middle English thorow, from Old English thurh, thuruh, preposition & adverb Date: before 12th century archaic through II. adverb Date: before 12th century archaic through III …

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  • 17 thorough — thoroughly, adv. thoroughness, n. /therr oh, thur oh/, adj. 1. executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search. 2. complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment. 3. extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough… …

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  • 18 thorough — adj. 1 complete and unqualified; not superficial (needs a thorough change). 2 acting or done with great care and completeness (the report is most thorough). 3 absolute (a thorough nuisance). Phrases and idioms: thorough bass a bass part for a… …

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  • 19 thorough — adjective 1 including every possible detail: My doctor gave me a thorough check up. | I made very thorough notes of the meeting. 2 careful to do things properly so that you avoid mistakes: Our mechanics will check everything, they re very… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 thorough*/ — [ˈθʌrə] adj 1) including everything that is possible or necessary a thorough investigation/examination/search[/ex] She has a thorough understanding of the business.[/ex] 2) someone who is thorough does everything that they should and leaves… …

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