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

pro-

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

pro-

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

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 Through his first 45 games this season, Poeltl had hit just 30 of 79 for 38 percent, the worst mark in the NBA among qualified players and the fifth-year pro’s career low by a wide margin. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs ready to keep 'fighting' against surging Wizards," 25 Apr. 2021 My roommate’s boyfriend, a Craigslist pro, scoped out a sweet little steel-frame Bianchi that looked really promising. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Gear Our Editors Ever Bought Used," 22 Apr. 2021 With the exception of golf’s four major championships and a handful of bigger events, most tournaments on the PGA Tour offer a Wednesday pro-am. Jeff Babineau, WSJ, "Where Amateur Golfers Go to Play With the Pros," 6 Apr. 2021 Ethan Thompson twice left Oregon State’s program for the NBA draft, only to return to school after getting feedback regarding his possibilities as a future pro. oregonlive, "Pro basketball can wait, as Oregon State’s Ethan Thompson stamps himself as one of the school’s greats with impactful NCAA tourney run," 27 Mar. 2021 Second-year pro Jordan Fuller, universally lauded by coaches and teammates for his intellect and skill, appears in line to replace Johnson as a leader at safety. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams taking a patient approach to free agency despite roster needs," 18 Mar. 2021 Quiet with a brooding public persona, Hagler fought 67 times over 14 years as a pro out of Brockton, Mass., finishing 62-3-2 with 52 knockouts. Tim Dahlberg, San Francisco Chronicle, "Boxing great Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies at 66," 13 Mar. 2021 Use them to become an audio pro without touching an instrument. Mallory Johns, Popular Science, "These music-recording apps are your first step to winning a Grammy," 12 Mar. 2021 Emily Ratajkowski is taking to this new mom thing like a pro. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Emily Ratajkowski Just Posted the Sweetest Breastfeeding Pic With Her Newborn," 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Last month, the Boston native decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and turn pro after the University of Kentucky missed the N.C.A.A. Tournament, an anomaly for the storied basketball program. New York Times, "Terrence Clarke, N.B.A. Prospect From University of Kentucky, Is Killed in Crash," 22 Apr. 2021 Matt Coleman, Jericho Sims and Jase Febres could turn pro or hit the transfer market. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Chris Beard facing massive rebuild at Texas," 7 Apr. 2021 Seniors Matt Coleman, Jericho Sims, Jase Febres and redshirt junior Andrew Jones could all turn pro or try out the NCAA transfer portal. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas men's basketball commit Tamar Bates requests release from letter of intent," 29 Mar. 2021 Gardiner has turned down opportunities to go pro and said he's now fully focused on life after boxing. Ken Maguire, Star Tribune, "Some athletes shelving Olympic bids amid delayed Tokyo Games," 21 Jan. 2021 Armstrong declared to go pro out of high school and played in Australia's National Basketball League, alongside draft prospects RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball, to circumvent the NBA's one-and-done rule. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Ex-Bella Vista Prep standout Terry Armstrong trains for NBA draft at Dream City Christian in Glendale," 31 Oct. 2020 And why aren't women's players able to leave college after one season to turn pro like their men's basketball counterparts? Howard Sinker, Star Tribune, "Paige Bueckers, superstar; Twins opener, meltdown," 2 Apr. 2021 Many are even wondering whether some freshmen are already pro ready and whether the WNBA’s eligibility rules should be changed to introduce a one-and-done rule like the men’s side. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Would UConn women’s basketball freshman Paige Bueckers be the No. 1 pick in this year’s WNBA Draft? Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird think so," 30 Mar. 2021 Matt Mitchell and Jordan Schakel are widely expected to turn pro. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Terrell Gomez won’t return to Aztecs next season," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun or adjective Walker, who played for the University of Miami, had managed only 16 points in three previous games against the Heat — and just two in his lone game at Miami as a pro before Wednesday. ... Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Spoelstra gets win No. 600, Heat top Spurs 116-111," 29 Apr. 2021 Learn all about how her breathtaking makeup moment came together straight from the actress and her pro of over 20 years. Jackie Fields, PEOPLE.com, "All About Angela Bassett's 2021 Oscars Makeup Prep and 'Beautifully Bold' Look," 28 Apr. 2021 Bailly is now an experienced pro in the Red Devils side under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be called upon in big moments - such as the latter stages of the Europa League. Liam Canning, Forbes, "Eric Bailly’s New Contract At Manchester United Is Good News For All," 27 Apr. 2021 Through his first 45 games this season, Poeltl had hit just 30 of 79 for 38 percent, the worst mark in the NBA among qualified players and the fifth-year pro’s career low by a wide margin. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs ready to keep 'fighting' against surging Wizards," 25 Apr. 2021 The nine-year pro has played mostly in Europe and spent the last two seasons with CSKA Moscow and averaged 17.8 points in 41 games this season. ... Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Nets back atop East after beating Celtics 109-104," 23 Apr. 2021 My roommate’s boyfriend, a Craigslist pro, scoped out a sweet little steel-frame Bianchi that looked really promising. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Gear Our Editors Ever Bought Used," 22 Apr. 2021 Brian Allen, who started nine games in 2019, is the most likely candidate, though the fourth-year pro has been sidelined for most of the last two seasons because of a knee injury. Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ offensive line success centers on Brian Allen’s health," 21 Apr. 2021 Van Gundy also admires the eighth-year pro, who dished out 22 assists before committing his first turnover of the season. Brian Dulik, Star Tribune, "Williamson scores 38, Pelicans rally past Cavaliers 116-109," 11 Apr. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Pro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pro. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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pro

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of pro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in favor of something

pro

adjective

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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