through Definition

  • 1moving in one side and out of the other side of (an opening, channel, or location)
  • 2continuing in time toward completion of (a process or period)
  • 3by means of (a process or intermediate stage)

Using through: Examples

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

  • Example

    He walked through the door.

  • Example

    I read through the book.

  • Example

    We'll be through with this project by the end of the week.

through Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for through

Idioms Using through

  • despite all difficulties and problems


    I promised to stand by her through thick and thin, no matter what happens.

  • go through the motions

    to do something without enthusiasm or effort


    I'm just going through the motions at work until I find a new job.

  • to succeed or perform very well


    She came through with flying colors on her final exams and got straight A's.

Phrases with through

  • to finish or complete something


    I need to get through this pile of paperwork before I can leave.

  • to understand the true nature of someone or something


    I can see through his lies and know he's not telling the truth.

  • to recover from an illness or difficult situation


    The doctors think he will pull through and make a full recovery.

Origins of through

Old English 'thurh', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch 'door' and German 'durch'.


Summary: through in Brief

The word 'through' [θruː] is a preposition, adverb, and adjective that refers to movement from one side to another, completion of a process or period, or by means of a process or intermediate stage. It is often used in phrases like 'get through,' 'see through,' and 'pull through.' Common idioms include 'through thick and thin,' 'go through the motions,' and 'come through with flying colors.'

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