pro

noun
\ ˈprō How to pronounce pro (audio) \
plural pros

Definition of pro

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1 : an argument or evidence in affirmation an appraisal of the pros and cons
2 : the affirmative side or one holding it

pro

adverb

Definition of pro (Entry 2 of 7)

: on the affirmative side : in affirmation much has been written pro and con

Definition of pro (Entry 3 of 7)

: in favor of : for

Definition of pro (Entry 4 of 7)

Definition of PRO (Entry 5 of 7)

public relations officer

Definition of pro- (Entry 6 of 7)

1a : earlier than : prior to : before prothalamion
b : rudimentary : prot- pronucleus
c : precursory proinsulin
2a : located in front of or at the front of : anterior to procephalic
b : front : anterior prothorax
3 : projecting prognathous

Definition of pro- (Entry 7 of 7)

1 : taking the place of : substituting for procathedral procaine
2 : favoring : supporting : championing pro-American

Examples of pro in a Sentence

Noun He is a pro when it comes to household repairs. She handled that tricky situation like an old pro.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Deandre Ayton, the two-year pro out of Arizona, has averages of 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per contest. Fox News, "Phoenix Suns: What to know before NBA restarts pandemic-shortened season," 30 July 2020 Fredrickson had spent 14 years as the golf pro at Tualatin Country Club before being hired by Lake Oswego in 2019. oregonlive, "Oswego Lake Country Club golf pro Sean Fredrickson and his 3 children killed in plane crash at Idaho lake," 7 July 2020 With Brady gone, the Patriots were looking at second-year pro Jarrett Stidham or former Brown Brian Hoyer as the starting QB. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cam Newton to New England? Can Bill Belichick make it work? Don’t bet against it," 29 June 2020 The Grilling Tool Set turns any griller into a pro with high-quality, good looking tools. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "July 4th deals: Wayfair offers up to 70% sales on outdoor, kitchen, bath, bedding, furniture & more," 26 June 2020 The iPhone and AirPod charging spots stayed cool, which was a mega pro. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods on this Mophie pad," 26 June 2020 Thunder head coach Billy Donovan commended on Dort's progression before the rookie's initial return to the Valley as a pro in a 111-107 win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 31. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "ASU product Luguentz Dort to multi-year deal with OKC Thunder," 24 June 2020 Another player is a Canadian pro with almost a million in earnings. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020 Here’s a YouTube video from This Old House with tips on how to paint like a pro. Create an ombre wall by choosing three colors and blending them together to create a focal wall. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Paint a room, build a fire pit, string solar lights: More stay-at-home projects for summer," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Fall semester housing costs will be pro-rated to account for the later move-in date, GCU said. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's major universities will open for the fall semester. Here's how and when they plan to do it," 31 July 2020 Three top-20 players in the 2020 class in Jalen Green, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd are turning pro. Stephen Means, cleveland, "What does Emoni Bates’ commitment to Michigan State mean for Ohio State basketball? Buckeye Take," 30 June 2020 He’s been involved in the NBA draft process throughout, and is still working through a decision on whether to come back to SMU or turn pro. Dallas News, "Isiaha Mike opens up about choosing between SMU and pro basketball, why he’ll make decision with his son in mind," 29 June 2020 Morikawa had made 22 straight cuts since turning pro, the longest such streak since Tiger Woods began his PGA Tour career with 25 consecutive cuts. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "PGA’s Travelers (6/27) free 3rd-round live stream: How to watch Phil Mickelson online, time, TV," 27 June 2020 Deryck has worked with the star before to create bold, vibrant wigs, but the hair pro revealed that this was his first time doing this particular combination of hues. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Megan Thee Stallion Celebrates Pride Month With New Hair," 17 June 2020 As the episode will show, that was when -- despite the missteps, clumsiness and signature line that mirrored one Kobe Bryant used when turning pro out of high school -- James truly found his voice and empowered players. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "LeBron James, ‘The Decision’ and a decade of hindsight: ESPN docuseries reveals new details on LeBron’s legacy-impacting night," 24 June 2020 Martinez won the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in his weight class but was chosen as an alternate for the Olympic team and elected to turn pro after 160 amateur battles. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee boxer Javier Martinez to turn pro, compete on ESPN, after getting snubbed for Olympic team," 23 June 2020 Selected in the sixth round by the Cubs last year, Hearn was given a $950,000 signing bonus to turn pro instead of playing college ball. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Draft day reveals baseball’s most troubling issues," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun or adjective Deandre Ayton, the two-year pro out of Arizona, has averages of 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per contest. Fox News, "Phoenix Suns: What to know before NBA restarts pandemic-shortened season," 30 July 2020 Dear Larry: Thanks for writing in with your professional expertise on interviewing like a pro. cleveland, "Dear Annie: What is proper etiquette for gifts with split wedding ceremonies," 11 July 2020 Fredrickson had spent 14 years as the golf pro at Tualatin Country Club before being hired by Lake Oswego in 2019. oregonlive, "Oswego Lake Country Club golf pro Sean Fredrickson and his 3 children killed in plane crash at Idaho lake," 7 July 2020 With Brady gone, the Patriots were looking at second-year pro Jarrett Stidham or former Brown Brian Hoyer as the starting QB. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cam Newton to New England? Can Bill Belichick make it work? Don’t bet against it," 29 June 2020 The iPhone and AirPod charging spots stayed cool, which was a mega pro. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods on this Mophie pad," 26 June 2020 The Grilling Tool Set turns any griller into a pro with high-quality, good looking tools. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "July 4th deals: Wayfair offers up to 70% sales on outdoor, kitchen, bath, bedding, furniture & more," 26 June 2020 Thunder head coach Billy Donovan commended on Dort's progression before the rookie's initial return to the Valley as a pro in a 111-107 win over the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 31. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "ASU product Luguentz Dort to multi-year deal with OKC Thunder," 24 June 2020 Another player is a Canadian pro with almost a million in earnings. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of pro

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1817, in the meaning defined above

Noun or adjective

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pro

Noun

Middle English, from Latin, preposition, for — more at for

Adverb

pro-

Preposition

Latin

Prefix (1)

New Latin, from Latin, from Greek, before, forward, forth, for, from pro — more at for

Prefix (2)

Latin pro in front of, before, for, forward — more at for

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The first known use of pro was in the 15th century

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“Pro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pro. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for pro

pro

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of pro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in favor of something

English Language Learners Definition of pro (Entry 2 of 2)

: paid to participate in a sport or activity
: done by people who are paid to play or compete in a sport or activity

pro

noun
\ ˈprō How to pronounce pro (audio) \
plural pros

Kids Definition of pro

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: an argument or evidence in favor of something We weighed the pros and cons of wind power.

pro

adverb

Kids Definition of pro (Entry 2 of 4)

: in favor of something We heard arguments pro and con.

Kids Definition of pro (Entry 3 of 4)

: professional pro athletes He sank the putt like a pro.

pro-

prefix

Kids Definition of pro-

: approving : in favor of

Medical Definition of Pro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

proline; prolyl

Medical Definition of PRO (Entry 2 of 2)

peer review organization

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