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through

1 preposition, adverb
     
through1 S1 W1
1

door/passage etc

into one side or end of an entrance, passage, hole etc and out of the other side or end:
She smiled at him as he walked through the door.
Water will be pumped through a pipe.
I managed to squeeze through a gap in the hedge.
They were suddenly plunged into darkness as the train went through a tunnel.
There were people standing in the doorway and I couldn't get through.
through to
I went through to the kitchen to see who was there.
2

cutting/breaking

cutting or breaking something, or making a hole from one side of it to the other:
A football came crashing through the window.
straight/right/clean through
The bullet passed straight through his skull.
3

across an area

from one side of an area to the other or between a group of things:
We passed through France on our way to Italy.
We made our way through the village to the farm.
The wind howled through the trees.
He had to push his way through the crowd to get to her.
Let me through - I'm a doctor.
get through/make it through (=reach a place after a difficult journey)
You'll never get through - the snow's two metres deep.
Rescue teams have finally made it through to the survivors.
We drove right through the town centre.
Carry on straight through the village.
4

see through something

if you see something through glass, a window etc, you are on one side of the glass etc and it is on the other:
I could see her through the window.
I could see right through the thin curtains.
5

past a place

past a place where you are supposed to stop:
It took us ages to get through passport control.
He drove straight through a red light.
6

time

during and to the end of a period of time:
The cold weather continued through the spring.
He slept right through the day.
The fighting went on all through the night.
7

process/experience

from the beginning to the end of a process or experience:
The book guides you through the whole procedure of buying a house.
When you have been through a terrible experience like that, it takes a long time to recover.
It's a miracle that these buildings came through the war undamaged.
8

competitions

past one stage in a competition to the next stage
through to
This is the first time they've ever made it through to the final.
They didn't even get through the first round of the contest.
9

because of something

because of something:
How many working days were lost through sickness last year?
10

by means of something/somebody

by means of a particular method, service, person etc:
She got her first job through an employment agency.
a success that was achieved through co-operative effort and wise leadership
I heard about it through a friend.
11SCL

parliament/congress

if a proposal passes through a parliament, it is agreed and accepted as a law:
A special bill was rushed through Congress to deal with the emergency.
12

until

May through June/Wednesday through Friday etc

American English from May until June, from Wednesday until Friday etc:
The store is open Monday through Saturday.
13

halfway through (something)

in the middle of an event or period of time:
I left halfway through the film.
14

telephone

British EnglishTCT connected to someone by telephone:
I tried phoning you, but I couldn't get through.
Please hold the line and I'll put you through.
through to
Did you manage to get through to her?
15

completely

wet through/cooked through etc

informal completely wet, cooked etc:
You're wet through. What on earth have you been doing?
It should only take a few minutes to heat this through.
16

through and through

if someone is a particular type of person through and through, they are completely that type of person:
I'll say one thing for Sandra - she's a professional through and through.
17

all the way

through to London/Paris etc

as far as London, Paris etc:
Does this train go through to Glasgow?
18

use quickly

get/go/run through something

to use a lot of something quickly:
George Ward started smoking at the age of nine, and at one time he was getting through 80 a day.
By the end of the year he had run through all the money inherited from his father.

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