(noun, adjective, adverb, preposition)


1. having finished or arrived at completion

- after the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up

- almost through with his studies

Similar word(s): finished, done

2. (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes

- a through street

- a through bus

- through traffic

Similar word(s): direct

Sentences with through as an adjective:

- Interstate highways form a nationwide system of through roads.

- They were through with laying the subroof by noon.

- After being implicated in the scandal, he was through as an executive in financial services.

- She was through with him.

- The through flight through Memphis was the fastest.


1. from beginning to end

- read this book through

2. over the whole distance

- this bus goes through to New York

3. to completion

- think this through very carefully!

4. in diameter

- this cylinder measures 15 inches through

5. throughout the entire extent

- got soaked through in the rain

- I'm frozen through

- a letter shot through with the writer's personality

Sentences with through as an adverb:

- The arrow went straight through.

- Others slept; he worked straight through.

- She read the letter through.

- He said he would see it through.

- Leave the yarn in the dye overnight so the color soaks through.

- The American army broke through at St. Lo.


1. A large slab of stone laid on a tomb.


1. From one side of an opening to the other.

- I went through the window.

2. Entering, then later leaving.

- I drove through the town at top speed without looking left or right.

3. Surrounded by (while moving).

- We slogged through the mud for hours before turning back and giving up.

4. By means of.

- This team believes in winning through intimidation.

5. (Canada, US) To (or up to) and including, with all intermediate values.

- from 1945 through 1991;  the numbers 1 through 9;  your membership is active through March 15, 2013