\ˈprō \
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



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


prefix (1)

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


prefix (2)

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


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

Suddenly, loss aversion may work in a pro-trade direction. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 This seems reasonable for players expected to be perennial all-pros but still lacking pro experience. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'Madden NFL 19' player ratings: 9 head-turning observations include slight to Eli Manning," 12 July 2018 Blessedly there were no fisticuffs, just 3 1/2 hours of alternating pro-soccer and pro-golf speakers taking the open mic -- democracy in action! Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 The program is highly recommended to youngsters and proven to help pros alike. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Planet Hockey offers young players chance to improve skill set at Willowbrook camp," 11 July 2018 In exchange for Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley, Milwaukee got Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters, Elmore Smith and Dave Meyers, all solid pros. Jack Mccallum,, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018 Moon’s ruling party and liberal activists said the document virtually targeted anti-Park protesters, who greatly outnumbered the pro-Park camp. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "South Korea to probe military plan to quell Park protests," 10 July 2018 May replaced Davis on Monday morning with 44-year-old Dominic Raab, a leading pro-Brexit campaigner during the EU referendum who served as her housing minister. Author: William Booth, Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Theresa May's government in disarray after shock resignation by Brexit minister," 9 July 2018 Simons, 19, graduated from Edgewater in 2017 and bypassed college to play a post-grad season at IMG Academy of Bradenton prior to becoming a pro. Buddy Collings,, "Anfernee Simons signs NBA deal with Portland," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But Acosta also has an option to turn pro immediately thanks to a stellar senior season at Barrington. Steve Reaven,, "Tyler Acosta, godson of Vladimir Guerrero, deciding between pro and college baseball," 19 June 2018 San Diego State men’s basketball coach Brian Dutcher has some scholarships to fill, with four available next season and possibly a fifth if Jalen McDaniels opts to turn pro. Mark Zeigler,, "Tim Shelton leaves SDSU coaching staff, apparently headed for Fresno State," 17 Apr. 2018 Monte Harrison had the physical tools to go pro in either sport. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "A skilled three-sport star, the Marlins' top prospect might be baseball's most athletic," 9 July 2018 That started to change when Junior went pro in 2010. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: Phoenix fighters David, Jose Benavidez Jr. might be boxing's next big stars," 1 May 2018 These projections are made under the assumption that all of these players are going to turn pro. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Mavs take forward at No. 5, controversial Duke guard | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018 The sophomore star, who turned down a chance to go pro last year, was held scoreless for much of the first half and finished with 11 points on 4 of 18 shooting, making just 3 of 12 shots., "Nevada rallies to beat Cincinnati," 19 Mar. 2018 The sophomore star, who turned down a chance to go pro last year, was held scoreless for much of the first half and finished with 11 points on 4 of 18 shooting, making just 3 of 12 shots. Larry Lage,, "Syracuse tops Michigan State 55-53 to go from First Four to the Sweet 16," 18 Mar. 2018 How many of these guys are actually going to go pro? Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Even Charles Barkley doesn't have the perfect answer on how to fix college hoops," 6 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun or adjective

Indonesian police claim that the families were all members of the Surabaya cell of Jemaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD), a loose network of pro-Islamic State groups and that Dita Oepriarto, the mastermind of the first church attack, had been their leader. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Basically, Prince William seems like a total pro at being a dad at this point: Meghan Markle was also in attendance at Prince Louis' christening, wearing a stunning olive green Ralph Lauren dress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Had the Most Adorable Dad Moment at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 Here's some choice equipment for cooking like a pro in the wild. Joe Ray, WIRED, "5 Pieces of Primo Meal-Prep Gear for the Campsite Gourmet," 6 July 2018 Rid yourself of photo-envy and take lessons from a pro. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban 7: Outdoor photo hacks from a professional photographer," 3 July 2018 Eight years in and a TV show under her (tool) belt, Jasmine still doesn't feel like a total pro. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "How HGTV's Jasmine Roth Turned Her Hobby Into A Full-Blown Empire," 26 June 2018 The pro-free trade Peterson Institute predicted that if other countries impose tariffs, U.S. auto production would fall 4 percent, costing 624,000 U.S. jobs in about one-to-three years. Tom Krisher,, "Experts say auto tariffs would raise prices, cost jobs," 18 June 2018 Some of the best basketball talent in the city will take part Sunday in the fifth annual summer basketball Brunson League, an NBA pro-am circuit hosted by Baltimore City Community College., "Digest: Delle Donne, several Mystics dealing with ailments," 7 June 2018 The group is now moving ahead with a pro-free trade campaign that will include media buys, activist education, grass-roots mobilization, lobbying and policy analysis. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Koch Brothers To Spend Millions Fighting Against Trump’s Trade War Agenda," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of pro


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1817, in the meaning defined above

Noun or adjective

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pro


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





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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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


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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.



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.



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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to reject or criticize sharply

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