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adjective thorough pronunciation in American English /ˈθʌroʊ/
  1. 1
    including everything that is possible or necessary
    The key to a good interview is thorough preparation.
    a thorough investigation/examination/search: a thorough and painstaking investigation by the police
    a thorough understanding/knowledge: She has a thorough understanding of the business.
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    1. a.
      someone who is thorough does everything that they should and leaves nothing out
      The doctor was very thorough and asked lots of questions.
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  2. 2
    [only before noun] complete: used for emphasizing how bad someone or something is
    It’s all a thorough nuisance.
    The project was a thorough disaster.

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