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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The other chief, though often less visible, form that the gun crisis currently takes in this country is that of gun violence in the cities. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Walmart’s Announcement and Other Signs of Hope in the Gun Crisis," 5 Sep. 2019 Of all the girls in the family, though, no one looked up to Ashlynn more than her little sister. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "'It was just us four': An Indianapolis mom prepares to bury her two teenagers," 5 Sep. 2019 The size of the storm expanded though with hurricane force winds extending out 60 miles and tropical storm-force winds extending out 175 miles. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian continues sideswipe assault on Florida coast," 4 Sep. 2019 Trying to learn how my new teammates play under pressure is my main goal right now.’’ Make no mistake, though, Looges is first and foremost a lacrosse goalie. Pomerado News, "Athlete of the Week: Meet Poway High’s ‘Mr. Goalie’," 4 Sep. 2019 There are two problems with Johnson’s potential election gambit, though. David Meyer, Fortune, "Currency Markets and Big Banks Now Prefer a Banker-Baiting Marxist to Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 When compared to fellow Texas cities, Houston fares well on the affordable lifestyle front, though not as well as places like San Antonio and Corpus Christi, where salaries tend to go a little further. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "How Houston's cost of living compares to other major cities," 4 Sep. 2019 The primary value of note taking, though, is more in the product than the process, more in the reviewing than the recording. Kenneth A. Kiewra, The Conversation, "7 tips on how to take better notes," 3 Sep. 2019 This diversification took place over millions of years, though, so humans that can only eat plants won’t branch off as a separate species any time soon. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "The world’s first animal was probably a carnivore," 30 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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