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[th oh] /ðoʊ/
conjunction
1.
(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.
2.
even if; granting that (often preceded by even).
adverb
3.
for all that; however.
Idioms
4.
as though, as if:
It seems as though the place is deserted.
Origin
1150-1200
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.
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  • It's early research, though, and the technology needs to be developed further.
  • though injection is a time-honored means of delivering the goods, it has significant drawbacks.
  • We'll still have to qualify this as a rumor, though.
  • Direct calls would be cheaper, though the study did not say by how much.
  • Collecting and processing more of the radio spectrum requires more power, though, because more frequencies must be sorted through.
  • It's almost as though you're not capturing an image, so much as you're capturing a piece of reality, which contains many images.
  • Getting doctors to accept the new tool will be key to realizing that vision, though.
  • Touchscreens have one other feature though--they're smart.
  • Once the crisis is over, though, apathy breaks up this cohesion.
  • The technologies using heat, though, require vast amounts of energy.
British Dictionary definitions for though

though

/ðəʊ/
conjunction (subordinating)
1.
(sometimes preceded by even) despite the fact that: though he tries hard, he always fails, poor though she is, her life is happy
2.
as though, as if: he looked as though he'd seen a ghost
adverb
3.
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 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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