Meaning of “thoroughly” in the English Dictionary

"thoroughly" in British English

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thoroughlyadverb

uk /ˈθʌr.ə.li/ us /ˈθɝː.ə.li/ /ˈθɝː.oʊ.li/

thoroughly adverb (VERY MUCH)

B2 completely, very much:

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

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  • All the other teachers are thoroughly disillusioned with their colleague.
  • I thoroughly approve of what the government is doing.
  • She ought to be thoroughly ashamed of herself - talking to her mother like that!
  • The senator thoroughly squelched the journalist who tried to interrupt him during his speech.
  • They recognized that the country would revive only if it thoroughly disengaged from the chaos of the old regime.

(Definition of “thoroughly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thoroughly" in American English

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thoroughlyadverb

us /ˈθɜr·ə·li, ˈθʌr-/

thoroughly adverb (VERY GREATLY)

very greatly; very much:

The movie left me thoroughly confused about its real meaning.
We thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

thoroughly adverb (COMPLETELY)

completely; in a way that includes many details:

The drug was thoroughly tested before being put on the market.

(Definition of “thoroughly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)