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con

play
verb \ˈkän\

Definition of con

conned

;

conning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to commit to memory conned the poem

  3. 2 :  to study or examine closely Clare regarded her attentively, conned the characters of her face as if they had been hieroglyphics. — Thomas Hardy

Origin and Etymology 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


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con

verb \ˈkän\

less common spelling of

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to conduct or direct the steering of (as a ship)


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con

adverb

Definition of con

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

Origin and Etymology 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


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con

adjective

Definition of con

  1. :  confidence a con artist a con game

Origin and Etymology of con

by shortening


First Known Use: 1889


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con

verb

Definition of con

conned

;

conning

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

  3. 2 :  manipulate 2b He conned his way into the job.

  4. 3 :  persuade, cajole conned her into volunteering

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 He knew too much about con to fall for that one … — Herbert Gold; also :  a confidence game :  swindle

1901

First Known Use of con

1901


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con

noun

Definition of con

  1. :  convict

Origin and Etymology of con

by shortening


First Known Use: 1893


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con

noun

Definition of con

slang

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

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners


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con

adverb

Definition of con for English Language Learners

  • : against something


CON Defined for Kids

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con

play
adverb \ˈkän\

Definition of con for Students

  1. :  on the negative side argue pro and con


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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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