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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theygo through
he/she/itgoes through
present participlegoing through
past tensewent through
past participlegone through
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  1. 1
    [transitive]go through something to examine or search something very carefully

    Someone had broken into the office and gone through all the drawers.

    Collins went through every legal book she could find.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a law goes through, or if it goes through a law-making institution, it is officially approved

    Do you think the changes to the Bill will go through?

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something such as a request, proposal, or contract goes through, it is officially accepted or approved
  3. 3
    [transitive]go through something to experience something difficult or unpleasant

    We can’t really imagine what they’re going through.

  4. 4
    [transitive]go through something to use, spend, or eat all of something, especially quickly

    He’d gone through all his money by the end of the first week of his holiday.

  5. 5
    [transitive]go through something to practise all of something such as a speech, song, or play

    Let’s go through your lines one more time.

  6. 6
    [transitive]go through something if a thought or idea goes through your mind, you consider it for a short time
  7. 7
    [transitive]go through something to perform a set of actions that you regularly perform
    go through a routine/ritual:

    She went through her daily routine of clearing the breakfast table before settling down to handle the correspondence.

  8. 8
    [transitive]go through something to follow an official system for dealing with a type of problem or request

    Even existing employees had to go through the whole application procedure again.

    Your application must go through the proper channels.

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used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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