pro

1 of 7

noun

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

pro

2 of 7

adverb

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

pro

3 of 7

preposition

: in favor of : for

pro

4 of 7

noun or adjective

PRO

5 of 7

abbreviation

public relations officer

pro-

6 of 7

prefix (1)

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

pro-

7 of 7

prefix (2)

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

Example Sentences

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
He was dispatched to the Midwest League and Keokuk, Iowa, where future Hall of Fame broadcaster Brent Musburger served as home plate umpire in his first game as a pro. Ira Kaufman, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2023 Agholor had his best season as a pro in his only season with the Raiders in 2020 with 896 yards and eight TDs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2022 Now, 23 years into his illustrious career, Brady is poised to play as a pro in the Bay Area for just the second time. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2022 Cheryl Burke is thanking her former Dancing with the Stars partners after her final performance as a pro on the ABC dance competition series. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 Even when cost-cutting, a pro will understand how to form a web of strategic relationships on social media and have those partnerships elevate the brand whether through brand image or by reinforcing the brand authority with influential allies. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2023 Among her strategies is learning to scan online customer reviews like a skeptical pro. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2023 Your friend should consult a qualified tax pro who can review her specific situation and offer individualized advice. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2023 Talk to a tax pro, because selling a rental property is more complicated than selling your personal home. Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2023
Adverb
The Dancing with the Stars pro documented her first-time pregnancy over social media, and has been posting adorable snaps ever since. Lydia Price, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2023 Michigan Go pro in the snow sports industry at Gogebic Community College’s Ski Area Management Program, where classwork and practical experience at the school’s own Mt. Zion ski area prepare students for technical and administrative positions. Steve Larese, Outside Online, 9 Nov. 2022 When Horton was deciding whether to go pro out of high school in 2020, Kantrovitz and the Cubs were one of the teams to make a home visit before the pandemic. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2022 Four percent of the 300 players that voted said Pavelski could go pro in golf. Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2022 Brennan had a chance to go pro with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League and the Chicago Hornets of the old All-America Football Conference. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2021 Instead of going pro right away, Williamson spent three years on his own path at Louisville, starting in 22 of 79 games played, including just one his freshman season. Dallas News, 14 Nov. 2022 Allen and Mellusi could turn pro after next season. Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2022 Wooden, a draft-eligible junior, was also expected to turn pro after going through senior day festivities prior to Auburn’s home finale against Western Kentucky last month. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 6 Dec. 2022
Preposition
The backstory: Since bringing in longtime pro Wayne Ferreira as coach and taking his game more seriously, Tiafoe has really transformed his career over the last couple years. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2023 That matched the second-highest finish by a Sun Devil, the other coming from current PGA pro Jon Rahm in 2016. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021
Noun or adjective
Bündchen was first seen with the jiu-jitsu pro in November of last year, when the pair visited Provincia de Puntarenas (a province located on Costa Rica's coast), two weeks after her divorce from NFL star Tom Brady was finalized. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2023 Terry Baksay, an Major League Fishing pro based in Connecticut, finds spring bass on rock piles, old rock fences, and long riprap walls. Steve Price, Field & Stream, 14 Mar. 2023 Joe Corona’s first time playing a regular-season match as a pro for his hometown team. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Mar. 2023 Payton’s top task will be to get quarterback Russell Wilson back to his winning ways after the 11-year pro had his worst statistical season following his blockbuster trade from Seattle for four premium draft picks and three players. Dallas News, 31 Jan. 2023 Payton’s top task will be to get quarterback Russell Wilson back to his winning ways after the 11-year pro had his worst statistical season following his blockbuster trade from Seattle for four premium draft picks and three players. Arnie Stapleton, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Jan. 2023 The Kansas City Chiefs were driving for a potential winning field goal in the AFC championship game when Ossai, a second-year pro, gave chase to scrambling Patrick Mahomes. Dave Skretta, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2023 With his carries reduced, Mixon has remained a consistent cog in the passing game, making 60 catches for 441 yards — both career highs for the six-year pro. Mitch Stacy, ajc, 20 Jan. 2023 And Coleman, who has some experience playing opposite big tough guys thanks to her co-starring with Dave Bautista in My Spy, handles the physically and emotionally demanding aspects of her role like a pro. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near pro

Cite this Entry

“Pro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pro. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

pro

1 of 5 noun
plural pros
ˈprōz
: an argument or evidence in favor of something
discuss the pros and cons

pro

2 of 5 adverb
: in favor of something

pro

3 of 5 noun or adjective

pro-

4 of 5 prefix
: located in front of or at the front of
prothorax

pro-

5 of 5 prefix
1
: taking the place of : substituting for
pronoun
2
: favoring : supporting
pro-American
Etymology

Noun

Middle English pro "an argument in favor of something," from Latin pro (preposition) "in favor of, for"

Noun or adjective

a shortened form of professional

Prefix

derived from Greek pro "before, forward"

Prefix

derived from Latin pro "in front of, for"

Medical Definition

Pro

1 of 2 abbreviation
proline; prolyl

PRO

2 of 2 abbreviation
peer review organization

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