1. experience a difficult or unpleasant situation
he/she is going through a difficult time at the moment
‘Go through’ is a phrasal verb. To go through can mean to experience a difficult or unpleasant situation. For example, you can go through a difficult time in your life or go through a divorce, for example. To go through can also mean to search through something or to look through something, usually to find something or to discover information. You can go through documents or go through accounts. If something goes through it can mean to be officially approved or submitted. For example, a sale can go through or an application can go through. To go through can also mean to use up a resource, so you can go through a lot of money on your holidays, or go through the groceries you bought last week.