Definition of though in English:

though

conjunction

  • 1Despite the fact that; although.

    ‘though they were speaking in undertones, Percival could hear them’
    • ‘Continental drift also has an effect on the weather, though the process is much slower.’
    • ‘Haylage is becoming more popular and though it is more expensive than hay, has a higher feed value.’
    • ‘My face, though frosted with new snow, has a warmth in the cheeks that defends the bone.’
    • ‘In truth, though clever and apparently effective, that blow had failed to hurt her.’
    • ‘The trade, though lucrative, was quite separate from the rest of his thinking.’
    • ‘This player, though inconsistent, knows his way around a grass court and could be tricky.’
    • ‘The fact on which he now relies is that though he stole, he did not in fact threaten violence.’
    • ‘Mine experts said that drilling, though slow, was still the best way to reach the men.’
    • ‘Weak and ill though he was, he still held all the reins of power, and refused to let them go.’
    • ‘In form, though comparable in concept to the Sutton Hoo stand, it is unique for England.’
    • ‘The best of the heckling, though born out of animosity, was seasoned by spontaneous wit.’
    • ‘The onion bhaji, though hardly a revelation, was polished off fairly smartly by Tim.’
    • ‘A well used before the tsunami is still in use though it too was swamped by the waves.’
    • ‘The house itself, though imposing from the outside, is in fact a very comfortable size.’
    • ‘Declan did a good job running the event, though he should have been tougher on the slow players in my opinion.’
    • ‘He did not call an expert in Planned Maintenance, though given leave to do so.’
    • ‘This practice, though sacred in the eyes of our ancestors, appears ridiculous to us.’
    • ‘In fact, though the alarm has some basis in fact, it should be treated with scepticism.’
    • ‘He is always open to all points of view, though he is also absolutely sure of what he wants.’
    • ‘In the winter I tend to cover longer distances in the pool, though I swim at a slower speed.’
    although, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, even though, for all that
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    1. 1.1with modal Even if (introducing a possibility)
      ‘you will be informed of its progress, slow though that may be’
      • ‘We also have many ways of saying that, though something may, in fact, not be the case, it could be.’
      • ‘Trivial though facts may be, he wanted to know what he was up against.’
    2. 1.2 However; but (introducing something opposed to or qualifying what has just been said)
      ‘her first name was Rose, though no one called her that’
      • ‘The bore was cylindrical and held a double reed, though single reeds are sometimes shown.’
      • ‘If it is possible to get a ticket then get one, though I fear they will be difficult to obtain.’
      • ‘Adjusting its controls takes no time at all, though small icons can be difficult to make out.’
      • ‘His car has not yet been traced, though police believe it is still in the UK.’
      • ‘Both are near the university, though the former is a bit more posh and expensive.’
      • ‘It had occupied a favourable, though unenviable, position at the crux of two world wars.’
      • ‘The train may be flooded out tomorrow, though I expect it will just be late and slow.’
      • ‘New lighting will also be installed, though the final details have yet to be decided.’
      • ‘These stories could have come from any of the tabloids from the last few weeks, though actually they belong to the distant past.’
      • ‘The route is a combination of moorland tracks and field paths though no great climbs are involved.’
      • ‘Installing the software is a trifle, though using it isn't immediately a piece of cake.’
      • ‘Mrs Evans was not present at the inquest, though other members of Mr Evans' family were.’
      • ‘Two bombs hit the ship, neither of which exploded, though one man died in the raid.’
      • ‘He tried it in a local chalk pit where he usually rode and was pleased with it, though he found brake problems.’
      • ‘At the Black Bull the liquid refreshment was welcome though the food was unexciting.’
      • ‘The order was obeyed despite there being no authority - though by then it was too late.’
      • ‘Possibly these were folded in or had been removed, though I might have missed them.’
      • ‘This is an enjoyable, though average, transposition of comic book heroes to the big screen.’
      • ‘The Japanese still have a chance of qualifying, though they need at least another goal.’
      although, even if, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, while, whilst, granted that, even supposing, despite the possibility that, albeit, however, yet, but
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adverb

  • However (indicating that a factor qualifies or imposes restrictions on what was said previously)

    ‘I was hunting for work. Jobs were scarce though’
    • ‘Later though, in the gathering gloom, the city's bars and restaurants come to life.’
    • ‘In the end though the mechanics weren't right for it to progress beyond the competition.’
    • ‘All this though doesn't change the fact that my rent will always be dead money.’
    • ‘Now, though, most of the company's food and clothing stock is delivered on a daily basis.’
    • ‘In these opening weeks of the season, though, he will remain a figure of possibility.’
    • ‘I wish them all the best though, and fully appreciate the time and effort they put in.’
    • ‘At the moment it's not really possible to say what this will look like though.’
    • ‘I thought there must be more to the job than this, though, so I asked Sylvia her opinion.’
    • ‘Harry decided that I should suffer for it, though, and suffer for as long as possible.’
    • ‘They should, though, be given all the facts and helped in the decision, so that it can be the right one.’
    • ‘The service is not slow though, we get a jug of iced water right away and a young waiter soon arrives to take our order.’
    • ‘We're not there yet though, despite what some people in the media seem to think.’
    • ‘The fact that she is a woman, though, will surely influence the way she does the job.’
    • ‘Miraculously though, Shirley escaped with only cuts and bruises and a broken arm.’
    • ‘It's a fact, though, that ageism is rampant right the way through our institutions.’
    • ‘Sadly though, it needs more than trees and seasonal Christmas lights to redeem this area.’
    • ‘Despite that though, this is one of the strongest batches of episodes produced to date.’
    • ‘Much of it, though, is thought to be the work of a small number of individuals.’
    • ‘His performance was remarkable, though, given that he was playing through the pain barrier.’
    • ‘Apart from that, though, the only permanent legacy of her illness is the operation scar.’
    nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, be that as it may, for all that, in spite of everything, in spite of that, despite everything, despite that, after everything, having said that, just the same, all the same, at the same time, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhow
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Usage

On the differences in use between though and although, see although

Origin

Old English thēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German doch; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old Norse thó, thau.

Pronunciation

though

/ðəʊ/