Definition of Through by Merriam-Webster

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He hit the nail through the wood.

She looked through the binoculars.

The bullet had gone through his hand.

He just walked through the door.

The security guards pushed their way through the crowd.

She could see a figure through the fog.

I looked through the window.


Let these people go through, please.

The nail went completely through.

It snowed heavily, but we made it through.

We’ll never get through—the mud is too deep.

The package was shipped through to New Orleans.

Read the essay through and tell me what you think.


When the police were


with him, a taxi took him, his suitcase, the homburg funeral hat, in the other direction …

— Annie Proulx




I tell him I like fanzines. This one’s mad, he says, really mad. I can borrow it when he’s



— Lynne Tillman


Motion Sickness


Today though, once experience shows on a woman’s face, she’s



— Patricia Volk


New Woman


I’m not through yet. I have one more topic to discuss.

If you’re through using the phone, I’d like to use it next.

Is this a through road?

The left lane is for through traffic only.

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

When the suspect tried to force his way into the home through the back door, the homeowner fired a single shot from his firearm, missing the suspect, the station reported, citing police.

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Fox News, 16 Aug. 2021

Walking into Dogue, dogs roam kennel-free while waiting for their service, and White greets each client that comes through the door.

Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021

Entry was gained through an unlocked side service door., 16 Aug. 2021

In the bullpen, the Giants ranked third in MLB with a 3.21 ERA (the Padres led at 2.97) through Saturday.

Nick Lozito, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021

The lockdown will begin Monday and last through Saturday.

Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 15 Aug. 2021

The lockdown will begin on Monday and will last through Saturday., 14 Aug. 2021

The National Weather Service says that the high pressure over the Great Basin that has moved into the Pacific Northwest will hang around at least through Saturday.

oregonlive, 13 Aug. 2021

Open for indoor and outdoor dining 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

According to charging documents obtained by PEOPLE, Abby began texting her husband — but the messages were not going through.

Steve Helling,, 17 Aug. 2021

Then, in March, 2020, just as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold in the U.S., a deal went through: Adult Swim picked up a second season, with an option for more.

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The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021

At 165 frosty 12-ounce mugs of Hamm’s to a half-barrel, that’s 16,500 glasses of Hamm’s that the Mothership went through in its first nine months.

Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021

None of this is new; just look at what our mothers and grandmothers went through.

Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2021

The deal had been contingent upon the Hornets’ trade with New Orleans involving Devonté Graham going through., 7 Aug. 2021

Thirty years ago, what those women went through was so private.

Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021

McIlroy recently watched a press conference in which Serena Williams attempted to explain what Osaka was going through.

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021

Our weather continues to deteriorate as #Elsa moves through.

Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 7 July 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

As with my previous books, Vegetable Kingdom and Afro-Vegan, recipes are the through line of Black Food.

Bryant Terry, Bon Appétit, 17 Aug. 2021

But female protagonists had a lock on the limited or anthology series race, a notably somber category that had trauma as a through line among the nominees.

Washington Post, 13 July 2021

And, while real life plays out a bit differently for Jaramillo and Carrasquillo, the through line of their story is the same.

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Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 4 July 2021

Yeah, there has to be a through line to start with.

Steve Baltin, Forbes, 6 June 2021

Four minutes later, Blue Devils sophomore defender Emma Paraskos sent a through pass toward the penalty box.

Nick Frazier,, 5 June 2021

Michael Barrios halved the lead for Colorado (3-2-1) on a breakaway five minutes into the second half, splitting two defenders to dash into the penalty area and tap home a through ball from Diego Rubio.

Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2021

Cowell, who is from Ceres (Stanislaus County) and trained at a youth academy in Pleasanton, split the Dallas back line with a through ball from just across midfield that led Cristian Espinoza into an open space to directly challenge the goalkeeper.

San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Apr. 2021

With less than a minute in the first half, Somers laced a through ball from 40 yards out to Dhamo, who tucked the ball into the left corner for a 1-0 lead., 17 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘through.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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