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Definition con

Etymology 1

From Middle English connen, from Old English cunnan (“to know, know how”), from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- (whence know). Doublet of can.

Verb

con (third-person singular simple present cons, present participle conning, simple past and past participle conned)

  1. (rare) To study or examine carefully, especially in order to gain knowledge of; to learn, or learn by heart.
  2. (rare, archaic) To know, understand, acknowledge.

Etymology 2

Abbreviation of Latin contra (“against”).

Noun

con (plural cons)

  1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantages (pros).

Etymology 3

Clipping of convict.

Noun

con (plural cons)

  1. (slang) A convicted criminal, a convict.

Etymology 4

From con trick, shortened from confidence trick.

Noun

con (plural cons)

  1. (slang) A fraud; something carried out with the intention of deceiving, usually for personal, often illegal, gain.
Verb

con (third-person singular simple present cons, present participle conning, simple past and past participle conned)

  1. (transitive, slang) To trick or defraud, usually for personal gain.

Etymology 5

From earlier cond; see conn.

Verb

con (third-person singular simple present cons, present participle conning, simple past and past participle conned)

  1. Alternative form of conn (“direct a ship”)
Noun

con (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of conn (“navigational direction of a ship”)

Etymology 6

Clipping of convention or conference.

Noun

con (plural cons)

  1. (informal) An organized gathering such as a convention, conference or congress.

Etymology 7

Clipping of conversion.

Noun

con (plural cons)

  1. (informal) The conversion of part of a building.

Etymology 8

Clipping of consumption.

Noun

con (uncountable)

  1. (informal, obsolete) Consumption; pulmonary tuberculosis.

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