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preposition & adverb
1moving in one side and out of the other side of (an opening, channel, or location): [as preposition]:stepping boldly through the doorway [as adverb]:as soon as we opened the gate, they came streaming through so as to make a hole or opening in (a physical object): [as preposition]:the truck smashed through a brick wall [as adverb]:a cucumber, slit, but not all the way through moving around or from one side to the other within (a crowd or group): [as preposition]:making my way through the guests so as to be perceived from the other side of (an intervening obstacle): [as preposition]:the sun was streaming in through the window [as adverb]:the glass in the front door where the moonlight streamed through [preposition] expressing the position or location of something beyond or at the far end of (an opening or an obstacle):the approach to the church is through a gate expressing the extent of turning from one orientation to another: [as preposition]:each joint can move through an angle within fixed limits 2continuing in time toward completion of (a process or period): [as preposition]:he showed up halfway through the second act [as adverb]:to struggle through until payday so as to complete (a particular stage or trial) successfully: [as preposition]:she had come through her sternest test [as adverb]:I will struggle through alone rather than ask for help from beginning to end of (an experience or activity, typically a tedious or stressful one): [as preposition]:we sat through some very boring speeches she’s been through a bad time [as adverb]:Karl will see you through, Ingrid 3so as to inspect all or part of (a collection, inventory, or publication): [as preposition]:flipping through the pages of a notebook [as adverb]:she read the letter through carefully 4 [preposition] North American up to and including (a particular point in an ordered sequence):they will be in town from March 24 through May 7 5 [preposition] by means of (a process or intermediate stage):dioxins get into mothers' milk through contaminated food by means of (an intermediary or agent):seeking justice through the proper channels 6 [adverb] so as to be connected by telephone:he put a call through to the senator
1 [attributive] (of a means of public transportation or a ticket) continuing or valid to the final destination:a through train from Boston 2 [attributive] denoting traffic that passes from one side of a place to another in the course of a longer journey:neighborhoods from which through traffic would be excluded denoting a road that is open at both ends, allowing traffic free passage from one end to the other:the shopping center is on a busy through road 3 [attributive] (of a room) running the whole length of a building. 4 [predic.] informal having no prospect of any future relationship, dealings, or success:she told him she was through with him you and I are through
Do not confuse through
. See thorough.