From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthoughthough1 /ðəʊ $ ðoʊ/ ●●●S1W1 conjunction1ALTHOUGHused to introduce a statement that makes the main statement coming after it seem surprising, unlikely, or unexpected syn althoughThough she’s almost 40, she still plans to compete.Pascal went ahead with the experiment even though he knew it was dangerous.though old/tired etcThe rooms, though small, were pleasant and airy.old though it is/tired though he was etcStrange though it may seem, I like housework.2BUTused like ‘but’ to add a fact or opinion that makes what you have just said seem less definite, less important etcI thought he’d been drinking, though I wasn’t completely sure.The offenders were dealt with firmly though fairly.3 →as though
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though• I guess he'd been drinking, though I wasn't completely sure of that.• Though she was no more than twenty-two, she was already a highly successfulbusinesswoman.though old/tired etc• His jeans and checkedshirt, though old and well worn, looked clean and of good quality.• The latest one, though older, looks much younger than her age.• Even though olderviewers do tend to have more money, they are less easily swayed by televisioncommercials.thoughthough2 ●●●S1 adverbspokenBUT used after adding a fact, opinion, or question which seems surprising after what you have just said, or which makes what you have just said seem less trueTwo heart attacks in a year. It hasn’t stopped him smoking, though.It sounds like a lot of fun. Isn’t it rather risky though?