though

conjunction
\ ˈt͟hō How to pronounce though (audio) \

Definition of though

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

though

adverb
\ ˈt͟hō How to pronounce though (audio) \

Definition of though (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

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Jews had been an integral, though never accepted, part of Poland for nearly a millennium. WSJ, "The History of the Jews in Poland Is Complex," 7 Mar. 2019 Today, though, up-and-coming pilots have a much more direct route. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "An F-35 Pilot Explains What It's Like To Fly the Joint Strike Fighter," 5 Mar. 2019 There was one other surprising tidbit, though: Drinking coffee or tea in the day actually improves your quality of sleep. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Research Says This is Actually the Worst Month For Your Sleep Cycle," 28 Feb. 2019 Recently, though, the news was about Abramson herself. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Jill Abramson is dealing with every journalist’s biggest nightmare," 20 Feb. 2019 Again, though, the implication was the chipmakers held back the PC market—and Windows. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface sales soar to nearly $2 billion, though chip shortages are hurting," 31 Jan. 2019 Direct air capture is still in its infancy, though, and needs lots more R&D. Carbon dioxide–spewing coal plants are closing down despite the Trump administration’s desperate attempts to prop up the ailing industry. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 What drew me to this meme wasn’t legibility, though. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Just two days ago, though, the label put forth its first collection during New York Fashion Week and made history in the process: Davis became the first transgender woman of color to present there. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Venus X Is Already Wearing This New York Fashion Week’s Breakout Collection," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of though

Conjunction

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

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for though

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

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

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though

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of though

used when you are saying something that is different from or contrasts with a previous statement

though

conjunction
\ ˈt͟hō How to pronounce though (audio) \

Kids Definition of though

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: although sense 1 Though it was raining, we went out.

though

adverb

Kids Definition of though (Entry 2 of 2)

: however sense 3, nevertheless He's been quiet. Not for long, though.

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