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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycarry through
he/she/itcarries through
present participlecarrying through
past tensecarried through
past participlecarried through
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  1. 1
    carry something through to complete something that was planned, often despite difficulties or opposition

    It’s a tough job, and we’re relying on you to carry it through.

  2. 2
    carry someone through (something) to make it possible for someone to deal successfully with a difficult or unpleasant situation

    In the end, it was her passionate belief in justice that carried her through.

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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