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    Thoroughly

    Hi everyone: I've just looked up the word "thoroughly" and there are mainly two definitions: "very much" and "completely." My question: if I say "I thoroughly agree", what does my listener understand? "I very much agree" or "I completely agree"??

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    #2

    Re: Thoroughly

    Completely. "Very much" in this case does not mean, like 75%.

    Think "thorough" like complete.

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    #3

    Re: Thoroughly

    'I thoroughly agree' sounds unnatural to me - I'd use 'completely' here.

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    #4

    Re: Thoroughly

    Mmmmmmmm... I'm trying to draw a conclusion... (if any!) Would you say that the change in meaning is a question of "collocation"?

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    #5

    Re: Thoroughly

    It's a question of context.

    See the FrazeIt entry for examples of the word used in sentences.

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    Re: Thoroughly

    Thank you for the link! Now it's much clearer.

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