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[th oh] /ðoʊ/
(used in introducing a subordinate clause, which is often marked by ellipsis) notwithstanding that; in spite of the fact that; although:
Though he tried very hard, he failed the course.
even if; granting that (often preceded by even).
for all that; however.
as though, as if:
It seems as though the place is deserted.
Origin of though
1150-1200; Middle English thoh < Old Norse thō (earlier *thauh); replacing Old English thēah; cognate with German doch, Gothic thauh
Usage note
Among some conservatives there is a traditional objection to the use of though in place of although as a conjunction. However, the latter (earlier all though) was originally an emphatic form of the former, and there is nothing in contemporary English usage to justify such a distinction. Unabridged
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  • Do your work honestly and thoroughly, even though it be the custom to do otherwise.

    Boys Anonymous
  • You know what my life is, even though you have been absent from home almost a year.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • And Claudius felt it, even though he would not acknowledge it.

    Doctor Claudius, A True Story F. Marion Crawford
  • even though we fail, the very mistakes we make will be invaluable.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Of this I was determined, even though death itself would come to me as the penalty of my long silence.

    Tales of Destiny Edmund Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for even though


conjunction (subordinating)
(sometimes preceded by even) despite the fact that: though he tries hard, he always fails, poor though she is, her life is happy
as though, as if: he looked as though he'd seen a ghost
nevertheless; however: he can't dance: he sings well, though
Word Origin
Old English theah; related to Old Frisian thāch, Old Saxon, Old High German thōh, Old Norse thō
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Word Origin and History for even though


c.1200, from Old English þeah, and in part from Old Norse þo "though," both from Proto-Germanic *thaukh (cf. Gothic þauh, Old Frisian thach, Middle Dutch, Dutch doch, Old High German doh, German doch), from PIE demonstrative pronoun *to- (see that). The evolution of the terminal sound did not follow laugh, tough, etc., though a tendency to end the word in "f" existed c.1300-1750 and persists in dialects.

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