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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Even these measures, though, will not bring every spacecraft into compliance with the one-in-10,000 rule. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 Before the reconstruction project, several of the stations suffered some degree of imperfect alignment, though none so much as the Braddock Road station. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Metro says stations closed for shutdown will reopen on time next month — unless there’s a really bad storm," 9 Aug. 2019 Denial, though never particularly tenable, becomes more of a highwire act every day. Dave Levitan, The New Republic, "Reformed Climate Deniers Don’t Deserve Redemption," 8 Aug. 2019 Just as Marvel Studios has accomplished with their films, Sony is likely considering Venom 2 in the larger context of cinematic universe-building, though perhaps somewhat more contained. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Andy Serkis Take 'Venom 2' in a Darker Direction?," 8 Aug. 2019 Its big idea, though vague, is at least a fascinating curiosity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Kitchen,” Reviewed: An Engrossing Mob-Wife Drama That’s Relegated to a Table Read," 8 Aug. 2019 When the invitation arrived, though, it was addressed only to me, not to me and P — and Q hasn’t received an invite at all. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "We eloped. Why didn’t anyone send gifts or cards?," 8 Aug. 2019 About a dozen staff members are spread throughout California, though many are based in Orange County. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Falconers keep Orange County from being overrun by birds," 8 Aug. 2019 In practice, though, the idea of owning your data quickly starts looking a little...fuzzy. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "AI Needs Your Data—and You Should Get Paid for It," 8 Aug. 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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