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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Seattle, though, then went three-and-out and the Vikings moved to the Seattle 30. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks show off ‘Green Machine’ defense in near-shutout of Vikings on MNF," 10 Dec. 2018 Even the best intentions won't keep you from tossing and turning with excitement, though, which is why the 2019 Nissan Altima comes with features designed to help fatigued drivers stay alert. Brigitt Earley, Woman's Day, "6 Ways to Stay Safe on Your Next Family Road Trip," 29 Nov. 2018 Not quite for all, though, as Lincoln knew, and especially not for the nearly four million blacks who were held in slavery before the Civil War. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "America Was Always an Exceptional Nation, but Is It Still?," 23 Nov. 2018 Killing passwords comes with some pretty strict compatibility requirements, though. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Now you can sign into your Microsoft Account with your face or a security key—no password needed," 20 Nov. 2018 Theoretical developments in the 20th century, though, squarely made the case for monopoles. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 In rare and severe cases, though, larval infections can migrate outside the intestine, even reaching the brain or central nervous system. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 In this case, though, Trump has actively encouraged political violence. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump: the media never blamed Obama for the Charleston church shooting," 30 Oct. 2018 At the same time though, the small moment appeared to mark a huge change in the way fans see Miguel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Freaking Out Over the Conversation Between Jack and Miguel," 24 Oct. 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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