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 throughMore example sentences
into and out of, to the other/far side of, from one side of … to the other, from end to end of, between, past, by, down, along, across, by way of, via; throughout, around in, all overfrom side to side, from top to bottom, in and out the other end/side
- Alyssa turned as the lady once again stepped through the doorway followed by her husband.
- Drains woman suggests letters and leaflets shoved through doors may help.
- The vast majority of HGV drivers drive carefully and courteously through these towns.
- 1.1So as to make a hole or opening in (a physical object): [as preposition]: the lorry smashed through a brick wall [as adverb]: a cucumber, slit, but not right throughMore example sentences
- The crooks then tore a hole through the roof to get into the club's tea bar, before escaping with sweets and drinks.
- The chanting increases, and suddenly a huge hole is blown through the high stone wall!
- Mortar rounds lobbed from the nearby hills smashed roofs and crashed through walls.
- 1.2Moving around or from one side to the other within (a crowd or group): [as preposition]: making my way through the guestsMore example sentences
- Jennifer wove her way through the crowd and guests, to the other side of the rather large cabin.
- Afterwards, I would barge my way through the crowd to get to my sister Angela, where I felt happy.
- A few arrests were made as police in riot gear and on horses swept through to disperse the crowd.
- 1.3So 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 throughMore example sentences
- Still, the ceilings are high and a lot of sunlight streams through the western windows.
- As I write, the sunlight is streaming through my window at the Ayrshire Hospice.
- He raises the crown into the golden rays of summer sunshine streaming through the windows.
- 1.4 [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 gateMore example sentences
- I followed the footpath around the new church and through a couple of gates to the old church.
- The factory district was beyond the main freeway through town and it was rush hour.
- Cross the road in front of it and join a main path from the right which leads to a wood through a kissing gate along the banks of Blea Tarn.
- 1.5Expressing the extent of turning from one orientation to another: [as preposition]: each joint can move through an angle within fixed limitsMore example sentences
- What angle do you turn through if you turn from NE to NW anticlockwise?
- As I swing through the shot and rotate the spine rises and that allows me to move through the shot freely and take the pressure off my spine.
- 2Continuing in time towards completion of (a process or period): [as preposition]: the goal came midway through the second half [as adverb]: to struggle through until pay dayMore example sentences
- It took them until halfway through the second period to click back into gear.
- In introducing the revolving door midway through the second period he all but made certain that would be the case.
- He even got up and dusted himself down from a gruesome Brian Lima tackle midway through the second period.
- 2.1So 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 helpMore example sentences
- Therefore a product that has not been tested on animals will still have been through clinical trials on humans.
- Or that one needs to pay a solicitor as well as a barrister to go through a simple trial?
- I've successfully made it through this without too much harm being done to my body.
- 2.2From 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, IngridMore example sentences
- Those of us who are landbound never experience what seafarers go through in bad weather at sea.
- After today, fewer gay or lesbian couples will be forced to go through this experience.
- You are likely to go through a major experience that touches you deeply and transforms you.
- 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 carefullyMore example sentences
- The Eagles look at each other, puzzled, while he leafs carefully through the pages.
- It's never been easier to browse through and sample the inventory of an online music store.
- To stave off the ennui as I do my pain, I've started to go through my old video collection.
- 4 [preposition] North American Up to and including (a particular point in an ordered sequence): they will be in London from March 24 through May 7
- 5 [preposition] By means of (a process or intermediate stage): dioxins get into mothers' milk through contaminated foodMore example sentences
- However, even greater diversification can be achieved through an index tracker.
- Infections can also enter the body through cuts in the skin or through contaminated food.
- The bug is passed on from person to person or through food contaminated by a sufferer.
- 5.1By means of (an intermediary or agent): seeking justice through the proper channelsMore example sentences
- Berezovsky said that he reported the matter to British intelligence through an intermediary.
- Up to six retailers are attempting to hawk their leases through agents to see if anyone will take over their units.
- We contacted customers through travel agents and call centres to get them there before the strike.
- 6 [adverb] So as to be connected by telephone: he put a call through to the Naturalists' Trust OfficeMore example sentences
- Someone out there is going to read this and figure out who Lynn is and get that message-center operator to put a call through.
- The Colon family was sleeping when the phone call came through.
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- 1 [attributive] (With reference to public transport) continuing or valid to the final destination: a through train from London
- 1.1(Of traffic) passing from one side of a place to another in the course of a longer journey: precincts from which through traffic would be excludedMore example sentences
- Overnight Marlborough lost much of the through traffic on which many of its businesses depended.
- This poses problems both for through traffic as well as for vehicles waiting to turn.
- More conventional routes are closed to through traffic by overflowing cardboard boxes.
- 1.2(Of a road) open at both ends, allowing free passage from one end to the other: the village lies on a busy through roadMore example sentences
- So why is Council so determined to redevelop Junction St as a through road for heavy trucks?
- 2 [attributive] (Of a room) running the whole length of a building.More example sentences
- This is a through room enjoying front and rear garden aspects and is fitted with a range of natural timber fronted units.
- 3 [predic.] (Of a team or competitor) having successfully passed to the next stage of a competition: Swindon Town are through to the third roundMore example sentences
- The New Zealand Warriors are through to the preliminary finals in Australia's National Rugby League.
- Manchester United are through to the knockout stages for the eighth successive season.
- I don't see why we can't beat Sweden and Nigeria and if so, then we will be through to the next stage.
through and through
- In every aspect; thoroughly or completely: Harriet was a political animal through and throughMore example sentences
in every respect, to the core; thoroughly, utterly, downright, absolutely, completely, totally, wholly, fully, entirely, really, perfectly, profoundly, properly, consummately, surpassingly, positively, simply, unconditionally, unreservedly, categorically, incontrovertibly, unquestionably, undeniably, altogether, out-and-out
- He is a consumer through and through - but a discerning consumer, who hates settling for second best.
- Considered one of the last performers to come out of the string band tradition, Armstrong is a bluesman through and through.
- The first, which he repeated almost obsessively in all manner of formulations, is that society is a moral reality through and through.
Old English thurh (preposition and adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch door and German durch. The spelling change to thr- appears circa1300, becoming standard from Caxton onwards.