\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

The Beauty-Boutique Plan Ballpark Total: $236 The best part about beauty stores — all of the products — can get overwhelming. Navigate them like a pro. 1. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 The event started with Meghan playing catch with a ball (in heels!) and doing drills looking like a pro. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Flirted Adorably During the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018 As for the souks, make like a pro and plan a two-day excursion: the first to browse and compare, the second to haggle. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in November," 20 Sep. 2018 Such tools can turn people into virtual puppets, syncing their mouths with someone else’s speech, or just making them dance like a pro. James Vincent, The Verge, "US lawmakers say AI deepfakes ‘have the potential to disrupt every facet of our society’," 14 Sep. 2018 The robot draws on a databank of recipes that are records of the actions of a human master chef collected by a motion-capture system, so that the machine can copy them exactly—whisking eggs, slicing onions or frying bacon like a pro. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 England Leads Kieran Trippier just stepped up and took it like a pro. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 These guys really jumped into their roles like pros. Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Bad optics, to say the least, given Johnson’s pro-Nazi history. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Their goal is simple: to help elect pro-women's health candidates and regain a progressive majority in the House of Representatives. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Swing Left, and Organizing For Action Partner on Women's Health Day of Action," 5 Oct. 2018 Oakland has been at the forefront of local efforts to pass pro-privacy measures for many years now. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Bay Area: Join us 9/12 to learn about Oakland’s unique approach to privacy," 5 Sep. 2018 But some senior pro-Brexit ministers have backed May's plan. NBC News, "In blow to Theresa May, UK's top Brexit official quits government," 9 July 2018 Fantasy Super Cosplay Wrestling, which features pro wrestling matches with trained pro wrestlers in cosplay, offers a show each day during Florida Supercon from July 12-15 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Impact Wrestling stars to wrestle in cosplay for FSCW at Florida Supercon," 6 July 2018 Among the nation’s more outspoken far-right activists, his views are unapologetically pro-Trump, pro-gun, pro-hunting, anti-drug and wildly anti-liberal. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018 Those arrested include blogger Wael Abbas, pro-democracy activist Shady el-Ghazaly Harb, young comedian Shady Abu Zeid and activist Amal Fathy. Washington Post, "Egypt defends austerity measures amid fears of unrest," 13 June 2018 Coe, a 2007 Oakcrest High School graduate who is now a teaching pro at Baltimore Country Club, shot a 3-under-par 68. Joe Juliano,, "Lydia Ko returns to ShopRite LPGA Classic after a three-year absence," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun or adjective

Particularly Russian hackers, reports Ben Collins: Reddit users last week were able to trace links posted to a pro-Trump community back to a Russian propaganda website that shares web infrastructure with the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA). Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why the WhatsApp acquisition ended with everyone mad at each other," 27 Sep. 2018 No matter what happens against Raonic, the 23-year-old McDonald has already put together his breakout performance as a pro, adding him to the conversation of young American players to fill what has been a rather long void on the ATP Tour. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Mackenzie McDonald's Wimbledon run has been extra special for his former coach at UCLA," 8 July 2018 After playing basketball in the Philadelphia area for almost his entire life so far, B.J. Johnson is headed south of the Mason-Dixon line to begin life as a pro. Mitchell Gladstone,, "La Salle, Lower Merion alum B.J. Johnson joins Charlotte Hornets' NBA summer league team," 25 June 2018 In his 15 years as a pro, the 2011 Valero Texas Open remains Arnaud's lone PGA Tour start. Jeff Duncan,, "After 15 years of trying, Covington golf pro Michael Arnaud finally wins big," 24 May 2018 The steady, sneaky-fast development in the pros is just like his development at UHart, Blood says. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: UHart's Sean Newcomb Breaking Out In The Big Leagues," 3 July 2018 The selection of Thomas in the third round out of the University of Miami doesn’t bode well for either Carl Nassib or Nate Orchard, who both came in with a boatload of sacks but haven't been as productive in the pros., "What the Browns draft means for Baker Mayfield, Corey Coleman, Joel Bitonio and others in '18," 2 May 2018 Their Gemini market to use Nasdaq market surveillance service Investors have wondered who’s watching out for crypto fraud The Winklevoss twins brought in the pros to keep cheaters off their cryptocurrency exchange., "Mario Draghi Answers Questions at ECB News Conference," 26 Apr. 2018 Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images Bloomberg Bloomberg via Getty Images The Winklevoss twins brought in the pros to keep cheaters off their cryptocurrency exchange. Fortune, "Winklevoss Twins Hire Nasdaq to Keep Cheaters Off Cryptocurrency Market," 25 Apr. 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


\ˈprō \
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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