Definition of thoroughly in US English:

thoroughly

adverb

  • 1In a thorough manner.

    ‘he searched the house thoroughly’
    • ‘Make sure that every surface of the kitchen is cleaned thoroughly at least once a month.’
    • ‘Make sure all food is properly and thoroughly cooked in sanitary conditions.’
    • ‘Dirt and cobwebs on equipment and floors suggested the premises had not been cleaned thoroughly for months.’
    • ‘Most of the mess is caused by fast food and cans of drink, but we all pay enough tax to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned at least occasionally.’
    • ‘Instead, try short angled casts along the near bank, lengthening each cast to thoroughly search the margins.’
    • ‘I searched the whole village thoroughly and once I had done that I came back to the demolished gate.’
    • ‘To use as a compress, dip an entire washcloth in the thoroughly chilled tea until soaked.’
    • ‘All four tyres on the car were changed, the carpet was taken out of the boot and he was spotted cleaning the car thoroughly.’
    • ‘Then his bag was thoroughly searched, with each bottle of pills being examined, shaken and replaced.’
    • ‘Houses and shops are thoroughly cleaned to make a fresh new start and to host holiday visitors.’
    • ‘Everyone followed him and spilt up, searching the entire island thoroughly.’
    • ‘He proceeded to thoroughly search everything on me, including my wallet and even the battery casing of my phone.’
    • ‘Although he had already prepared thoroughly, he cleaned and checked his revolver one last time before loading it.’
    • ‘Do not give the shih-tzu puppy the run of the house until he has been thoroughly house trained.’
    • ‘This surprised him because he really wants to sell the house and felt he had prepared for the process quite thoroughly.’
    • ‘A possible route from Alice Street to the railway station has been thoroughly searched without gain.’
    • ‘This involved thoroughly cleaning the house, rather a lot of food preparation and blowing up about twenty balloons.’
    • ‘We've cleaned the car thoroughly so it's ready for the wedding, and we've made some progress in the front room.’
    • ‘It is important for all parties to have the opportunity to debate all legislation thoroughly in this House.’
    • ‘I do this until every muscle fiber in the biceps complex has been thoroughly fatigued.’
    rigorously, in depth, exhaustively, from top to bottom, minutely, closely, in detail, meticulously, scrupulously, assiduously, conscientiously, painstakingly, methodically, carefully, sedulously, completely, comprehensively, fully, to the fullest extent, intensively, extensively
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  • 2Very much; greatly.

    ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the day’
    as submodifier ‘she was soon thoroughly bored’
    • ‘Although windy, the weather stayed dry and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves.’
    • ‘It's a thoroughly ill-conceived picture full of plot twists that have absolutely no rhyme nor reason.’
    • ‘Although immensely stressful, she thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of her wedding preparation.’
    • ‘I managed around 52 hours in London in total, and thoroughly enjoyed them all.’
    • ‘Having thoroughly enjoyed this clever book, I find that it is the little episodes that I'll remember.’
    • ‘We paid a modest sum and thoroughly enjoyed their fourth performance.’
    • ‘He's an absolute scream and thoroughly deserves his best actor award.’
    • ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the different displays of clothes and costumes.’
    • ‘This is absolutely nothing to do with me and is thoroughly annoying.’
    • ‘All the participants thoroughly enjoyed the walk on the famed Pilgrim Path.’
    • ‘I played badminton with Angela and Anita, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.’
    • ‘We are told it was a tremendous success, and thoroughly enjoyed by the members and their friends.’
    • ‘I thoroughly enjoy what I do and if I'm allowed to get on with building the business I'm quite happy.’
    • ‘Although Matthew described the auditions as a bit scary, he is thoroughly enjoying the extensive rehearsals.’
    • ‘This album is so thoroughly unhip that enjoying it almost feels like a subversive act.’
    • ‘It was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all members who participated.’
    • ‘While he may have been completely stunned, it was an award thoroughly deserved.’
    • ‘These are people behaving in a thoroughly anti-social manner.’
    • ‘Anyone who, like me, likes wild speeches about interesting things, will thoroughly enjoy this book.’
    • ‘My father thoroughly enjoyed his fillet of salmon en croute, finishing off the whole plate.’
    utterly, downright, absolutely, completely, totally, entirely, really, perfectly, profoundly, properly, consummately, surpassingly, positively, simply, unconditionally, unreservedly, categorically, incontrovertibly, unquestionably, undeniably, in every respect, through and through, outright
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