con

noun (1)
\ˈkän \

Definition of con 

(Entry 1 of 11)

: something (such as a ruse) used deceptively to gain another's confidence He knew too much about con to fall for that one …— Herbert Gold also : a confidence game : swindle

con

verb (1)
conned; conning

Definition of con (Entry 2 of 11)

transitive verb

1 : swindle accused of conning retirees out of their savings

2 : manipulate sense 2b He conned his way into the job.

3 : persuade, cajole conned her into volunteering

con

noun (2)

Definition of con (Entry 3 of 11)

con

noun (3)

Definition of con (Entry 4 of 11)

1 : an argument or evidence in opposition

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

con

adverb

Definition of con (Entry 5 of 11)

: on the negative side : in opposition so much has been written pro and con

con

adjective

Definition of con (Entry 6 of 11)

: confidence a con artist a con game

con

verb (2)
conned; conning

Definition of con (Entry 7 of 11)

transitive verb

1 : to commit to memory conned the poem

2 : to study or examine closely Clare regarded her attentively, conned the characters of her face as if they had been hieroglyphics.— Thomas Hardy

con

noun (4)

Definition of con (Entry 8 of 11)

slang

: a destructive disease of the lungs especially : tuberculosis

con

verb (3)

less common spelling of

transitive verb

: to conduct or direct the steering of (a vessel, such as a ship)

Definition of con (Entry 10 of 11)

1 consolidated

2 [ Latin conjunx ] consort

3 consul

4 continued

con-

prefix

Definition of con- (Entry 11 of 11)

— see com-

First Known Use of con

Noun (1)

1901, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1893, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1889, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (4)

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for con

Noun (2)

by shortening

Adverb

Middle English, short for contra

Adjective

by shortening

Verb (2)

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

Noun (4)

short for consumption

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con

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of con

: against something

con

adverb
\ˈkän \

Kids Definition of con

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: on the negative side argue pro and con

con

noun

Kids Definition of con (Entry 2 of 3)

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

con-

Kids Definition of con-

see com-

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