Definition of “despite” - English Dictionary

“despite” in English

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despitepreposition

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.

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“despite” in American English

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despitepreposition

us /dɪˈspɑɪt/

without being influenced or prevented by:

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

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As he knows, despite our political differences, we are pleased to point out the high quality of the work he has produced and the legal rigour of his proposals.
However, neither is it any use denying that, despite many resolutions to increase development aid by 0.7%, the reality is that development aid is 0.23% of gross domestic product.
Despite the very short time available, the programme is already suggesting a first list of likely measures in all the relevant sectors.
Despite the enormous efforts that these countries have made, integrating them into existing structures and programmes will be a particularly tricky task.
Meanwhile, in the social sphere, despite the statements of intent, fundamental decisions on protecting workers' rights are being delayed, as happened here only yesterday when we discussed industrial restructuring.
Despite our many reservations, we voted in favour of them out of solidarity with the people of that country, especially its fishermen.
Despite this, the communication sends a clear message, that the cross-border provision of investment services to professional investors should already be subject to home country conduct-of-business rules alone.
If, despite the precautions taken, an accident should nevertheless occur, it is important to provide swift and adequate compensation for the damage.
Despite the pessimism reigning on both sides, or perhaps because of it, the role of the international community is now essential.
Despite all the difficulties and a mountain of debt, the new government is working to ensure that the ambitious goal of achieving a zero deficit remains in place.