Definition of although in US English:



  • 1In spite of the fact that; even though.

    ‘although the sun was shining it wasn't that warm’
    ‘although small, the room has a spacious feel’
    • ‘Yet although the project was appearing to gather steam all was not well behind the scenes.’
    • ‘It seemed that although the road is single track they would need to install traffic lights.’
    • ‘It hardly oozes charm now, although there have been a few attempts to gentrify it.’
    • ‘A better day could not have been had and although it was still early I was knackered.’
    • ‘She said Mr Brown had agreed to conduct the service, although it was not his usual church.’
    • ‘We even know the name of our delivery driver, although he came while we were out.’
    • ‘He used his scooter to get to work and although he would no longer be able to ride it, he was still paying back a loan on it.’
    • ‘He likes the fact that although the club has a cosmopolitan feel it still clings to old values.’
    • ‘The joke was that although John called me posh, he came from a far better off family than I did.’
    • ‘He admitted that although overall crime levels had come down, the fear of crime had not.’
    • ‘We are a small team and although the numbers of cases are small it takes a long time to treat each person.’
    • ‘Mr Cumming said although new drugs were good news for patients, they still had to be paid for.’
    • ‘We kept on coming back on safaris, but although we longed to move here we knew it was just a distant dream.’
    • ‘We can agree the deletion of the second paragraph, although this is a statement of fact.’
    • ‘It's not just that the pace of basic innovation has slowed in your field, although it has.’
    • ‘They may have been famous faces but although they may have left the club the club has never left them.’
    • ‘That seems to work for me, although as you mention it does leave them in the database marked as spam.’
    • ‘How all of this will end is still uncertain - although we can be sure that the end is not in sight.’
    • ‘I'm still amazed by the calmness of the sea although it does now at least have some rollers.’
    • ‘The short answer is that although the industry was privatised it was not given its freedom.’
    in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding the fact that, notwithstanding that, even though, even if, for all that, while, whilst
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    1. 1.1 However; but.
      ‘he says he has the team jersey, although I've never seen him wear it’
      • ‘Even now she feels the effect of the illness although it seems, at last, to be under control.’
      • ‘There is no conclusion to its cause although evidence points at a genetic source.’
      • ‘Jake is back to playing his recorder although fighting it might be a better description.’
      • ‘His squad were ravaged by injury, although he didn't seek to use this as an excuse.’
      • ‘I kept a diary through much of my teenage years, although it was a bit intermittent.’
      • ‘The square still exists, although the structure itself is a right old mess these days.’
      • ‘Eric still owns a clean driving licence, although he has not driven for five years.’
      • ‘The building will stay, although it could be relocated to another part of the site.’
      • ‘She said it was wonderful to see everyone again although she wished for more time to speak to them all.’
      • ‘This came to me in my sleep last night, although I had to check the facts at Wikipedia.’
      • ‘They mate for life, although tales of them pining away after the loss of a mate have not been proven.’
      • ‘She's very happy and is engaged to be married although the date's not yet been set.’
      • ‘It took a few years for Xfm to get back on track, although I still can't listen to it today.’
      • ‘The moon is largely responsible for our tides, although the sun also plays a small part.’
      • ‘It is illegal for both team members to bid nil, although each team can have a player bidding nil.’
      • ‘Once again tickets will go on sale soon, although numbers will be strictly limited.’
      • ‘They were not the first to do this, although they are certainly the most successful to date.’
      • ‘Extra beds can be put in to create family rooms, although it's a bit of a squeeze.’
      • ‘My eyes are ok now although for some reason I can't read road signs very well at the moment.’
      • ‘It felt a bit heavy although I would be tempted to use it in the winter months because it gave my skin a glow.’


Although and though are interchangeable in the senses listed above, the only difference being that use of though tends to be less formal than that of although. In formal writing, although tends to sound better than though as the opening word of a sentence. Some uses of though, however, are not interchangeable with although—e.g., adverbial uses (it was nice of him to phone, though) and uses in conjunction with ‘as’ or ‘even’ (she doesn't look as though she's listening)


Middle English: from all (as an adverb) + though.