con

noun (1)
\ ˈkän How to pronounce con (audio) \

Definition of con

 (Entry 1 of 12)

: something (such as a ruse) used deceptively to gain another's confidence He knew too much about con to fall for that one …— Herbert Gold also : a confidence game : swindle

con

verb (1)
conned; conning

Definition of con (Entry 2 of 12)

transitive verb

1 : swindle accused of conning retirees out of their savings
2 : manipulate sense 2b He conned his way into the job.
3 : persuade, cajole conned her into volunteering

con

noun (2)

Definition of con (Entry 3 of 12)

con

noun (3)
plural cons

Definition of con (Entry 4 of 12)

informal
: convention sense 2b a comic book con Now, such gatherings as the Further Confusion convention in San Jose, California, and Anthrocon in Philadelphia, attract more than 1,000 furry hobbyists apiece. (The Midwest FurFest is a smaller "con," with about 400 attending.)— George Gurley

con

noun (4)

Definition of con (Entry 5 of 12)

1 : an argument or evidence in opposition
2 : the negative position or one holding it an appraisal of the pros and cons

con

adverb

Definition of con (Entry 6 of 12)

: on the negative side : in opposition so much has been written pro and con

con

adjective

Definition of con (Entry 7 of 12)

: confidence a con artist a con game

con

verb (2)
conned; conning

Definition of con (Entry 8 of 12)

transitive verb

1 : to commit to memory conned the poem
2 : to study or examine closely Clare regarded her attentively, conned the characters of her face as if they had been hieroglyphics.— Thomas Hardy

con

noun (5)

Definition of con (Entry 9 of 12)

slang
: a destructive disease of the lungs especially : tuberculosis

con

verb (3)

less common spelling of

transitive verb

: to conduct or direct the steering of (a vessel, such as a ship)

Definition of con (Entry 11 of 12)

1 consolidated
2 [Latin conjunx] consort
3 consul
4 continued

con-

prefix

Definition of con- (Entry 12 of 12)

— see com-

Synonyms & Antonyms for con

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun (2)

Synonyms: Noun (5)

Antonyms: Noun (5)

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First Known Use of con

Noun (1)

1901, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1893, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1940, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1889, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (5)

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for con

Noun (1)

derivative of con entry 7

Verb (1)

derivative of con entry 1 or con entry 7

Noun (2)

by shortening

Noun (3)

by shortening

Noun (4)

derivative of con entry 6

Adverb

short for Latin contrā "opposite, against," in the phrase pro and contra — more at counter entry 3

Adjective

by shortening

Verb (2)

Middle English connen to know, learn, study, alteration of cunnen to know, infinitive of can — more at can entry 1

Noun (5)

short for consumption

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The first known use of con was in the 13th century

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“Con.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/con. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for con

con

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of con

: against something

con

adverb
\ ˈkän How to pronounce con (audio) \

Kids Definition of con

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: on the negative side argue pro and con

con

noun

Kids Definition of con (Entry 2 of 3)

: an opposing argument, person, or position She considered the pros and cons of the question.

con-

Kids Definition of con-

— see com-

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