Meaning of “through” in the English Dictionary

"through" in English

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throughpreposition, adverb

uk /θruː/ us /θruː/

through preposition, adverb (PLACE)

A2 also US not standard thru from one end or side of something to the other:

They walked slowly through the woods.
The boy waded through the water to reach his boat.
He struggled through the crowd till he reached the front.
How long the journey takes will depend on how long it takes to get through the traffic.
Her words kept running through my mind/head (= I kept hearing her words in my imagination).
We drove through the tunnel.
I saw him drive through a red light (= he did not stop at the red traffic light).
I'll put you through (= connect you by phone) (to the sales department).

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through preposition, adverb (TIME)

B1 from the beginning to the end of a period of time:

It rained all/right through June and into the first half of July.
We sat through two of the speeches and then left.
She had just enough energy to get through the day.
US She works Monday through Thursday (= from Monday to Thursday).

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uk /θruː/ us /θruː/

through preposition (RESULT)

B1 as a result of:

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uk /θruː/ us /θruː/

through adjective (SUCCESSFUL)

be through (to sth)

to achieve success in an exam, competition, etc. and progress to the next stage or a higher level:

She's through to the next round of interviews.
UK "Has she heard about her entrance exams yet?" "Yes, she's through."

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

"through" in American English

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throughadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /θru/

through adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (ACROSS)

from one side or end to the other, from one part to another, or from the beginning to the end:

We drove through the tunnel
We took a shortcut through the woods.
Have you read the report all the way through?

If you drive through a red light or stop sign, you do not stop at it.

through adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (FINISHED)

finished or completed:

Are you through with that book?
My girlfriend says we’re through (= our relationship is over).

through adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (DURING)

during a period of time, esp. from the beginning to the end:

We sat through two lectures and then left.
She had just enough energy to get through the day.
I work Tuesdays through Saturdays (= each day during this period).


us /θru/

through preposition (AS A RESULT)

as a result of:

Bob learned of the contract through a story in the newspaper.

through preposition (USING)

by; using:

Schools are financed through property taxes.

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

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We must look for ways of breaking through this and putting an end to the biggest humanitarian scandal of our time.
The message we want to send today, therefore, is that we wish to make our point of view known through this debate on asylum procedures.
Rules concerning the way in which fishing is conducted are the very rules through which we enact decisions concerning the conservation of biological resources.
The purpose is to boost consumer confidence through proper corporate social responsibility, which can create and contribute to higher innovation performance.
I, personally, am also the rapporteur for the twenty-fifth amendment to this directive, through which a further batch of substances is being added.
We can do everything possible through research, early warning systems, disease control centres, education and information, but this should be a wake-up call to everyone concerned with public health.
Regionalism refers to the reaction by governments to liberalise or facilitate trade on a regional basis, sometimes through free trade areas or customs unions.
We endorse the transition from market, in other words from production, to farm, and we also endorse the proposal to transfer the savings made through modulation to rural development.
Unlike in the past, this must not be done through military intervention from outside but through diplomatic, and, if necessary, economic pressure.
Furthermore, the fact that we are continuing to legislate against those employed in this sector was demonstrated this afternoon through the formidable dock workers' demonstration.