despite

[[t]dɪspa͟ɪt[/t]]
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1) PREP: PREP n/-ing You use despite to introduce a fact which makes the other part of the sentence surprising.

Despite a thorough investigation, no trace of Dr Southwell has been found...

The National Health Service has visibly deteriorated, despite increased spending...

He was obviously distressed despite being unconscious.

Syn:
in spite of
2) PREP: PREP pron-refl If you do something despite yourself you do it although you did not really intend or expect to.

Despite myself, Harry's remarks had caused me to stop and reflect.

Syn:
in spite of
3) PREP You use despite to introduce an idea that appears to contradict your main statement, without suggesting that this idea is true or that you believe it.

She told friends she will stand by husband, despite reports that he sent another woman love notes...

Despite rumours of a fondness for alcohol, he is revealed as a man who never swears.

Syn:
in spite of

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