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con

play
verb, \ˈkän\

Definition of con

connedconning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit to memory

  3. 2 :  to study or examine closely



Origin of con

Middle English connen to know, learn, study, alteration of cunnen to know, infinitive of can — more at can


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with con


2

con

Definition of con

  1. variant of conn




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con

adverb

Simple Definition of con

  • : against something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of con

  1. :  on the negative side :  in opposition <so much has been written pro and con>

Origin of con

Middle English, short for contra


First Known Use: 15th century


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con

noun

Definition of con

  1. 1 :  an argument or evidence in opposition

  2. 2 :  the negative position or one holding it <an appraisal of the pros and cons>



1589

First Known Use of con

1589


5

con

adjective

Definition of con

  1. :  confidence <a con artist> <a con game>



Origin of con

by shortening


First Known Use: 1889


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con

verb,

Definition of con

connedconning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  swindle <accused of conning retirees out of their savings>

  3. 2 :  manipulate 2b

  4. 3 :  persuade, cajole



1896

First Known Use of con

1896


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con

noun

Definition of con

  1. :  something (as a ruse) used deceptively to gain another's confidence; also :  a confidence game :  swindle



1901

First Known Use of con

1901


8

con

noun

Definition of con

  1. :  convict



Origin of con

by shortening


First Known Use: 1893


9

con

noun

Definition of con

slang

  1. :  a destructive disease of the lungs; especially :  tuberculosis



Origin of con

short for consumption


First Known Use: 1915


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con

abbreviation

Definition of con

  1. 1 [Latin conjunx] consort

  2. 2 consolidated

  3. 3 consul

  4. 4 continued




con-

Definition of con-

  1. see com-





CON Defined for Kids

1

con

play
adverb \ˈkän\

Definition of con for Students

  1. :  on the negative side <argue pro and con>




2

con

play
noun

Definition of con for Students

  1. :  an opposing argument, person, or position <She considered the pros and cons of the question.>




con-

Definition of con- for Students

  1. see com-





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