thorough

thorough
[[t]θʌ̱rə, AM θɜ͟ːroʊ[/t]]
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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 back to 1784...

How thorough is the assessment?

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thoroughly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Food that is being offered hot must be reheated thoroughly.

...a thoroughly researched and illuminating biography.

thoroughness N-UNCOUNT

The thoroughness of the evaluation process we went through was impressive.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ Someone who is thorough is always very careful in their work, so that nothing is forgotten.

Martin would be a good judge, I thought. He was calm and thorough...

The men were expert, thorough and careful.

Derived words:
thoroughness N-UNCOUNT

His thoroughness and attention to detail is legendary.

3) ADJ: det ADJ (emphasis) Thorough is used to emphasize the great degree or extent of something.

I was a thorough little academic snob...

We regard the band as a thorough shambles.

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thoroughly ADV-GRADED ADV before v, ADV adj

I thoroughly enjoy your programme...

We returned home thoroughly contented.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • 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 …   New thesaurus

  • 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» …   English terms dictionary

  • Thorough — Thor ough, prep. [See {Through}.] Through. [Obs.] Spenser. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thorough — Thor ough, adv. 1. Thoroughly. [Obs. or Colloq.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Through. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thorough — Thor ough, n. A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   Law dictionary

  • 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) …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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