thorough Definition

  • 1carried out or executed to the fullest extent possible; complete and comprehensive
  • 2painstakingly accurate and careful

Using thorough: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "thorough" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police conducted a thorough investigation of the crime scene.

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    She did a thorough cleaning of the house before the guests arrived.

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    He gave a thorough explanation of the problem.

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    The book provides a thorough analysis of the subject.

thorough Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with thorough

  • completely and entirely


    He checked the document thoroughly and through before submitting it.

  • very thorough and meticulous


    She is thorough as a tick when it comes to her work.

  • to increase dramatically


    The prices of houses in the area have gone thorough the roof in the past few years.

Origins of thorough

from Old English 'thuruh', meaning 'through'


Summary: thorough in Brief

The term 'thorough' [ˈθʌrə] describes something that is carried out completely and comprehensively, with painstaking accuracy and care. It is often used to describe investigations, cleaning, explanations, and analyses, as in 'The police conducted a thorough investigation of the crime scene.' 'Thorough' can be intensified by phrases like 'thorough and through,' meaning completely and entirely, and 'thorough as a tick,' meaning very thorough and meticulous.

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