1 of 2


: in spite of the fact that : while
though they know the war is lost, they continue to fightBruce Bliven †1977
: in spite of the possibility that : even if
though I may fail, I will try


2 of 2


: however, nevertheless
It's hard work. I enjoy it though

Examples of though in a Sentence

Conjunction Though it was raining, we went hiking. though it has no well-known actors in it, the movie has become the sleeper hit of the summer Adverb Even as late as 1492, all of North America, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, New Guinea, and the Pacific islands, and most of Central and South America didn't have states and instead operated under simpler forms of societal organization (chiefdoms, tribes, and bands). Today, though, the whole world map is divided into states. Jared M. Diamond, New Yorker, 21 Apr. 21, 2008
I'd have thought the guy'd remember me and my car …  . He didn't act like it though Dagoberto Gilb, The Magic of Blood, 1993
Recent Examples on the Web
The set of cars—which calls to mind the legendary Hunter Green Collection of 1980s Aston Martin V8—appear to have just been for display, though, as each example only has delivery mileage (between 70 and 235 miles) on the odometer. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 19 Sep. 2023 The White House, though, isn’t in a position to change gas prices one way or the other. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2023 For the most part, though, any complex procedure (such as wisdom tooth extraction or dental implants) will be planned weeks in advance, Dr. Gonchar and Dr. Cu say. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 19 Sep. 2023 Inside, though, the friction may end up being equally palpable. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2023 Fan interest was somewhat split prior to the film’s opening, though. WIRED, 19 Sep. 2023 Before deciding to reimburse for the therapy, though, insurance companies will wait to see whether hugely influential organizations like the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association endorse it as an effective treatment for severe PTSD, Avanceña said. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Kate, though, is dressing like an oat-milk latte this September. Emma Spedding, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2023 That includes, though, a road win at Florida State last season, which came one week after a double-overtime loss to Clemson. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Conjunction and Adverb

Middle English, adverb & conjunction, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thō nevertheless; akin to Old English thēah nevertheless, Old High German doh

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of though was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Though.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 conjunction
: in spite of the fact or possibility that
though it was raining, we went hiking


2 of 2 adverb
: however entry 2 sense 2, nevertheless
not for long, though

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