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con

verb \ ˈkän \

Definition of con

conned; conning
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

Origin and Etymology of con

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


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con

verb

Less common spelling of

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

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con

adverb

Definition of con

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

Origin and Etymology of con

Middle English, short for contra


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con

noun

Definition of con

1 :an argument or evidence in opposition
2 :the negative position or one holding it
  • an appraisal of the pros and cons

First Known Use of con

1589


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con

adjective

Definition of con

:confidence
  • a con artist
  • a con game

Origin and Etymology of con

by shortening


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con

verb

Definition of con

conned; conning
transitive verb
1 :swindle
  • accused of conning retirees out of their savings
2 :manipulate 2b
  • He conned his way into the job.
3 :persuade, cajole
  • conned her into volunteering

First Known Use of con

1896


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con

noun

Definition of con

: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

First Known Use of con

1901


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con

noun

Definition of con

Origin and Etymology of con

by shortening


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con

noun

Definition of con

slang
:a destructive disease of the lungs; especially :tuberculosis

Origin and Etymology of con

short for consumption


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con

abbreviation

Definition of con

1
[Latin conjunx]
consort
2 consolidated
3 consul
4 continued

con-

Definition of con-

— see com-


CON Defined for English Language Learners

con

adverb

Definition of con for English Language Learners

  • : against something


CON Defined for Kids

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con

adverb \ ˈkän \

Definition of con for Students

:on the negative side
  • argue pro and con

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con

noun

Definition of con for Students

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

con-

Definition of con- for Students

see com-


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