thor·ough (thûrō, thŭrō)
1. Exhaustively complete: a thorough search.
2. Painstakingly accurate or careful: thorough research.
3. Absolute; utter: a thorough pleasure.
prep. & adv.
Variant of through.
[Middle English thorow, through, thorough, from Old English thuruh, from end to end, through; see terə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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