Definition of 'thorough'


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1. UK, dialect A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.

2. Prov. Eng. A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.

3. A furrow between two ridges.

4. Same as perpend.

5. In Brit. hist., in the reign of Charles I., the policy of Strafford and Laud of conducting or carrying through (‘thorough’) the administration of public affairs without regard to obstacles. Hence the word is associated with their system of tyranny.

6. That which goes through.

7. painstaking and careful not to miss or omit any detail

8. utter; complete; absolute

9. Painstakingly accurate or careful.

10. Exhaustively complete.

11. Absolute; utter.

12. Passing through or to the end; hence, complete; perfect.

13. obsolete Passing through.

14. painstakingly careful and accurate

15. performed comprehensively and completely

16. Obs. or Colloq. Thoroughly.

17. obsolete Through.


1. Admittedly there hasn't been time for a thorough post mortem.

2. Without warning the blond youth threw him against the side of the car and carried out a thorough body search.

3. There were, he knew, certain people who would have liked to see him make a thorough fool of himself.

4. Marin enjoyed the show and said, "I like my men to be thorough.

5. A great authority on education says: "Any work that deserves thorough study, deserves the labor of making an Abstract, _without which, indeed, the study is not thorough_."

6. - In today's installment of TA Talks Back, I (Kara/Team Switzerland) give you my very long (I prefer to use the term thorough) review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

7. After what he called a thorough investigation, President Bush today gave his OK for Doncasters to be taken over by Dubai International Capital.

8. Treasury for what she called their thorough responses.

9. BOIES: Is that something that you would want to do if you were doing what you called a thorough statistical analysis?

10. BOIES: Were you asked to do what you define as a thorough statistical analysis?

11. To his consternation, he found the drum in thorough working order.

12. So thorough is the American acculturation to the glory of war and the uprightness of nation that even unimpeachable evidence of atrocities is insufficient to break through the hegemonic facade.

13. ‘Success in this environment requires a thorough understanding of systems theory.’

14. ‘Prevention only works when you have a thorough understanding about how and why things fail.’

15. ‘Whenever he was doing something in mathematics, he always strove to achieve a thorough understanding of the subject.’

16. ‘The experiences may lead to closer contact and more thorough understanding.’

17. ‘A very detailed and thorough selection process was involved.’

18. ‘His painstaking, comprehensive and thorough work was distinguished by deep sensitivity and fresh insights.’

19. ‘I think our group needs a proper and thorough briefing.’

20. ‘One young physicist, taking his first degree at Oxford University, would have been given a thorough grounding in both great theories.’

21. ‘The theist who wants to build a systematic and thorough apologetic finds that he is required to begin absolutely from the beginning.’

22. ‘Weatherizing an earthmoving project calls for careful planning, based on thorough knowledge of your site.’

23. ‘Professional tests provide more thorough and accurate information and recommendations.’

24. ‘Information is presented in a precise, thorough, conservative, referenced and readable style.’

25. ‘In addition, medical records must be accurate and thorough because they may become an important element in any legal action.’

26. ‘Far from being the pristine oasis of calm portrayed in magazines, my house still looks as if it's been done over by a gang of particularly thorough burglars.’

27. ‘The first step is to obtain a thorough history and perform a complete physical examination.’

28. ‘A thorough and accurate medical history and a review of systems is key to uncovering potential systemic causes of wrist pain.’

29. ‘The evaluation begins with a thorough history and a careful physical examination.’

30. ‘But this is impossible without a thorough grounding in history, both ancient and modem.’

31. ‘Each of the essays is long enough to give readers a thorough grounding in the topic being analysed.’

32. ‘However, dive briefings were very thorough, with emphasis on the safety aspects.’

33. ‘The physician also should perform a thorough physical examination of the child, looking for any unusual marks or bruises.’

34. ‘An experienced structural engineer performed a thorough examination of the school building.’

35. ‘This is the most thorough examination by divers of the wreck site since 1982.’

36. ‘The sweet-makers took away the small white tablet for examination and promised a thorough investigation.’

37. ‘Fire investigators have so far been unable to carry out a thorough examination of the building for clues because it is unsafe.’

38. ‘She did a thorough literature search and wrote the draft manuscript.’

39. ‘Apparently the landlord had done a proper inventory and thorough check-in report, which helped the assessment enormously.’

40. ‘These all appear to be thorough, properly conducted reviews.’

41. ‘Glover's historical work, so far as I can judge, is careful and thorough.’

42. ‘The terms of reference were broad, the processes were inclusive, and the deliberations were thorough.’

43. ‘His research has been thorough and his conclusions accurate.’

44. ‘It seems unlikely that everyone engages in thorough deliberation for every decision they make in their relationships.’

45. ‘The baby was brought to hospital for a thorough examination but was found to be unharmed.’

46. ‘They had already gone through a very thorough review, but now they have to be reviewed again.’

47. ‘Scientists carried out an extremely thorough search for without finding any hint of its presence.’

48. ‘Under these circumstances a more thorough investigation would have been more than appropriate.’

49. ‘The Pentagon says that they've done a pretty thorough review of all the tapes.’

50. ‘Shotguns are taken out of their safe hiding place and given a thorough cleaning.’

51. ‘thorough preparation provides the opportunity for success in political races and bilateral negotiations.’

52. ‘Benign and malignant areas may coexist, emphasizing the need for thorough pathologic sampling.’

53. ‘I'm trying very hard to be careful and thorough, and to present new information and new claims as they become available.’

54. ‘As a mathematician, Dodgson was rather conservative but certainly thorough and careful.’

55. ‘Eventually we will know these things, but we must be diligent, thorough, persistent and patient.’

56. ‘This does not mean that we will catch less - just be thorough and accurate with your groundbaiting and with your casting and the results will come.’

57. ‘Some members of the team may have been particularly thorough with hand washing and used more than one actuation per hand wash.’

58. ‘It is a fairly straightforward game where you just have to pay attention and be thorough.’

59. ‘Choose your weapons carefully, be merciless, be thorough, and take no prisoners!’

60. ‘I just loved working with him; he was so absolutely thorough.’

61. ‘It didn't seem to occur to him that it might be possible to be a thorough and fair teacher without denigrating your pupil.’

62. ‘You place great importance on whatever you happen to be interested in, and can be quite thorough and detailed in what you are doing, but find it difficult to be consistent.’

63. ‘I can't guarantee that we would have been as thorough under those circumstances.’

64. ‘Speaking to a national newspaper, he praised the police, saying they had been extremely thorough.’

65. ‘I think that they're going to be extremely thorough.’

66. ‘It is indicative of the thorough mess Britain's farmers are in when a beef crisis tax threatens the livelihood of pork producers.’

67. ‘Mather had excellent support in the back row, with Hills making a thorough nuisance of himself, as every openside should.’

68. ‘It was a fitting tribute to a thorough gentleman, consummate professional and true Celt.’

69. our accountant is thorough

Other users have misspelling thorough as:

1. thourough 9.64%

2. throrough 7.23%

3. thorugh 6.63%

4. thoroug 4.22%

5. thurough 3.01%

6. thorogh 2.41%

7. Other 66.86%

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