Definition of go through in US English:

go through

phrasal verb

  • 1Undergo (a difficult or painful period or experience)

    ‘the country is going through a period of economic instability’
    • ‘After World War II Berlin was divided into separate parts and Shanghai, although restored to China, went through a period of stagnation.’
    • ‘Harry spent Monday to Thursday going through a series of rigorous assessments alongside 31 other candidates.’
    • ‘One of my former West Brom team-mates, Andy Hunt, went through something similar to Matt shortly after he moved to Charlton.’
    • ‘The firms exhibiting at the Money Show must go through a vetting process and one withdrew last year when questioned on his business practices by the organisers.’
    • ‘Like most AIDS victims, he went through periods of depression, anger and self-pity.’
    • ‘They are going through a transitional period but the kids are gaining invaluable experience.’
    • ‘She never even went through a sullen teenage period.’
    • ‘Pubs that miss the deadline, which is less than six weeks away, will be forced to spend months going through an even longer application process.’
    • ‘Instead of having to go through medical examinations and being seen by a confusing variety of different people, they get their own one-to-one nurse.’
    • ‘We don't want anybody to go through what Matthew has to go through and this money could be used to find a cure or a treatment.’
    undergo, experience, face, suffer, be subjected to, live through, endure, brave, bear, tolerate, stand, withstand, put up with, brook, cope with, weather, come in for, receive, sustain
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  • 2Search through or examine carefully or in sequence.

    ‘she started to go through the bundle of letters’
    • ‘Out the window he could see unemployed men going through garbage cans to search for food.’
    • ‘As he started the car and headed along the service road back to the main highway, she was going through each CD, examining the covers.’
    • ‘I spent some time today going through some boxes in the junk room and picking out things to haul to the dump.’
    • ‘Newsweek notes that before the controversy erupted over the program two teams of lawyers had gone through and approved its script.’
    • ‘In a 747, the pilot spends a half-hour going through a checklist, before even pulling the plane onto the runway.’
    • ‘He was then knocked to the floor where he was held down while the gang went through his pockets.’
    • ‘Mark walked into the bedroom and started going through their things, searching for a shirt he could put on.’
    • ‘He then went through James's pockets for his phone and the keys of the car and started running up the field trying to dial 999.’
    • ‘During major inquiries many police hours can be spent going through CCTV tapes and its hoped the system with save a great deal of time.’
    • ‘Lily went through her purse in search of the keys to her apartment.’
    search, look through, hunt through, rummage in, rummage through, rifle through, dig into, ferret in, ferret about in, ferret around in, root about in, root around in, turn inside out
    examine, study, scrutinize, inspect, read over, look at, look over, scan, run over, check
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  • 3(of a proposal or contract) be officially approved or completed.

    ‘the sale of the building is set to go through’
    • ‘If objections are not raised there is every chance that these proposals will go through.’
    • ‘If this proposal goes through, clubs will be able to fine players four weeks' wages, double the current maximum.’
    • ‘Mrs Cooper was concerned about the effect in terms of staff and morale if these proposals went through.’
    • ‘If the deal proposed by the employers goes through, Lorimer, a part-time employee, said she'll have her benefits significantly cut.’
    • ‘Although the proposal is expected to go through, some branch secretaries are known to be strongly opposed.’
    • ‘One potential side-effect is that many, many, many people will be disenfranchised if this proposal goes through.’
    • ‘If the proposed boundary changes go through, Parteen and several other Clare suburbs of Limerick City will be drawn inside the city boundaries.’
    • ‘The transfer of Scarborough striker Chris Tate to York City's Division Three rivals Leyton Orient finally went through after a contractual hitch was overcome.’
    • ‘If AOL's techies have their way, the contract will go through without further delay.’
    • ‘Council tax payers in York can add nearly six per cent to their monthly payments from today after City of York Council's proposed rise went through unchallenged.’
    be completed, be concluded, be brought to a conclusion, be carried through, be brought off, be pulled off
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  • 4informal Use up or spend (available money or other resources).

    • ‘Many children these days go through enough money to support a family 20 years ago, but still have little fun compared with our childhood.’
    • ‘Charlie had spent the entire morning shopping, and had already gone through the money Adam had given her.’
    • ‘But if people are willing to vote for politicians who go through their money like there's no tomorrow, they should take the consequences of that decision and vote more sensibly next time.’
    • ‘Tara was amazed by the amount of money she was going through.’
    • ‘We could probably go through that money in a couple months so that's why we are being really careful about how it's being used.’
    spend, use up, run through, get through, expend, consume, exhaust, deplete
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  • 5(of a book) be successively published in (a specified number of editions)

    ‘within two years it went through thirty-one editions’
    • ‘First published in 1852, it had gone through nine editions by 1906.’
    • ‘The book was first published in 1883 but went through many editions.’
    • ‘Nevertheless Nathan's book went through many editions and in many languages.’
    • ‘The work was extremely successful, and went through many editions.’
    • ‘The book went through seven editions, the last in 1913, and was enormously popular.’
    • ‘His book quickly became popular in the United States and went through several editions.’
    • ‘His book on ecological genetics went through several editions and his monographs on moths and butterflies are still used.’
    • ‘The precursor of books to follow for the next 200 years, he published it in four volumes in 1694 and it later went through at least ten editions.’
    • ‘The first two books went through over ten editions and were clearly the dominant texts in the field for much of the first half of the century.’
    • ‘The book went through four editions in seven months, and was into its tenth edition by 1853.’