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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


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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Monday’s deal is likely to have a modest impact in Oregon, though, where Intel’s operations focus on engineering and manufacturing processors rather than on memory chips. oregonlive, "Intel unloads its memory chip business for $9 billion," 20 Oct. 2020 Just like real flights, though, Airplane Mode has bad reviews. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Ultimate Simulator for Covid Times: Sitting on an Airplane Seat While Nothing Happens," 20 Oct. 2020 Beyond that, though, the hacks had harmful impacts on quality-of-life for everyday citizens. Eric Tucker, The Christian Science Monitor, "Russian intelligence officers charged by US for cyberattacks," 20 Oct. 2020 Every silver lining has a cloud too, though, and U.S. consumers can still be in for some dark days. NBC News, "Average credit score is at all-time high — for consumers who can save," 19 Oct. 2020 That science appears to have little sway over President Donald Trump, though, who this week blocked disaster aid requested by California. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Low-emission metal, green hydrogen and electric buses," 17 Oct. 2020 In order to be allowed to pre-process these ballots though, eligible clerks had to notify Benson's office by Oct. 14, 20 days before the election. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Some of Michigan's largest cities will not pre-process absentee ballots, despite new law," 16 Oct. 2020 Who wins the White House could have significant implications for permitting fossil fuel infrastructure, though, BNEF says, especially given a Biden win could flip control of the FERC as soon as 2022. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Biden dances around Green New Deal," 16 Oct. 2020 Even the hardiest among us has their limits, though: Snow, ice and subzero temperatures may make being outdoors too miserable and maybe even unsafe. Washington Post, "How to safely — and graciously — host friends and family as the weather gets colder," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of though


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


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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/though. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce though (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of though

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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of though (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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