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go through (2)

Meaning: to live through a bad time or a difficult situation

Synonym: experience

For example:

  • go through sth He just went through one of the most difficult periods in his life.

  • go through sth We've been going through a recession for a year or so, but hopefully the economy will improve soon.

Nouns often used as objects with
go through (2): illness, depression, loss, heartbreak, bankruptcy, grief, pain, difficulty

Quick Quiz:

It's hard to imagine what people go through when they
  1. win a Nobel prize
  2. get a haircut
  3. suffer from a mental illness

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