though

conjunction
\ˈt͟hō \

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 \

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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While costume remains in the past, the set exists in the present (though equally adaptable in the imagination). Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 The several hours of schooling every day, which might include a civics class in American history and laws, though not necessarily the ones that led to their incarceration. BostonGlobe.com, "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018 Dussutour cut her slime molds into more than 4,000 pieces and trained half of them with salt—another substance that the organisms dislike, though not as strongly as quinine and caffeine. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Those thorny names, though, would need to be changed. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cover your ears: Over-the-Line evolves, but the raunchy team names remain," 14 July 2018 Paparazzi need not track Grande and Davidson, though — the two haven’t been shy about showing off their love on social media. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Pete Davidson Praises Ariana Grande's Topless Photo as Her Ex Mac Miller Raps About Lost Love," 13 July 2018 So far, though, Mr. Trump’s strong rhetoric and tough action haven’t triggered a full-scale trade war, but have forced other countries to address America’s concerns about technology theft and predatory pricing. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 An upper level disturbance, though weak, is expected to increase storm coverage across the entire area late Saturday and Saturday night, with some locally heavy downpours possible. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Rise in humidity ups chance of thunderstorms," 13 July 2018 The Toffees are not the only club interested in signing the midfielder though, with a number of 'top six' clubs allegedly keen. SI.com, "Watford Reject Everton's €30m Bid for Star Player as Toffees Look to Bolster Midfield Squad Depth," 13 July 2018

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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

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

Adverb

see though entry 1

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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 \

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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