1. in spite of the fact that; even though; though.


  1. (subordinating) despite the fact that; even thoughalthough she was ill, she worked hard

early 14c., althagh, compound of all + though, showing once-common emphatic use of all. “All though was originally more emphatic than though, but by 1400 it was practically only a variant of it, and all having thus lost its independent force, the phrase was written as one word” [OED].

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