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con Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an argument opposed to a proposal
  2. noun a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
    inmate; convict; yard bird; yardbird.
  3. noun a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
    bunko; bunco game; bunko game; sting; flimflam; con game; confidence game; gyp; bunco; hustle; confidence trick.
  4. verb deprive of by deceit
    rook; scam; gip; nobble; goldbrick; short-change; mulct; gyp; bunco; victimize; hornswoggle; diddle; defraud; swindle.
    • He swindled me out of my inheritance
    • She defrauded the customers who trusted her
    • the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change
  5. verb commit to memory; learn by heart
    learn; memorise; memorize.
    • Have you memorized your lines for the play yet?
  6. adverb in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.
    • much was written pro and con

  1. - (). A prefix, fr. L. cum, signifying with, together, etc. See Com-.
Con adverb
Abbrev. from L. contra against.
  1. Against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side; -- The antithesis of pro, and usually in connection with it. See Pro.
Con transitive verb
AS. cunnan to know, be able, and (derived from this) cunnian to try, test. See Can, v. t. & i.
imperfect & past participle Conned ; present participle & verbal noun Conning
  1. To know; to understand; to acknowledge. Obs.
    Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill. Spenser.
    They say they con to heaven the highway. Spenser.
  2. To study in order to know; to peruse; to learn; to commit to memory; to regard studiously.
    Fixedly did look Upon the muddy waters which he conned As if he had been reading in a book. Wodsworth.
    I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson. Burke.
Con transitive verb
See Cond.
  1. (Naut.) To conduct, or superintend the steering of (a vessel); to watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to steer.

Webster 1913