Meaning of “despite” in the English Dictionary

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"despite" in British English

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uk /dɪˈspaɪt/ us /dɪˈspaɪt/

B1 without taking any notice of or being influenced by; not prevented by:

I still enjoyed the week despite the weather.
Despite repeated assurances that the product is safe, many people have stopped buying it.
despite yourself

If you do something despite yourself, you do it although you do not want to or although you know you should not:

He laughed despite himself.
She took the money from her mother's purse, despite herself.

More examples

  • Trains are still running, despite the snow.
  • The pop festival passed off peacefully, despite the fears of local residents.
  • The overall situation is good, despite a few minor problems.
  • He was able to lead a normal life, despite the illness.
  • She manages to stay cheerful despite everything.

(Definition of “despite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"despite" in American English

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us /dɪˈspɑɪt/

without being influenced or prevented by:

The game continued despite the rain.
Despite her illness, she came to work.

(Definition of “despite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)