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Meaning of con- by Wiktionary Dictionary

con-


    Etymology 1

    From the Latin prefix con-, from cum ( “with” ) .

    Preposition

    con-

    1. ( non-productive ) used with certain words to add a notion similar to those conveyed by with, together, or joint
      congenial, congregation, console, consonant, construct, converge, etc .
    2. ( non-productive ) used with certain words to intensify their meaning
      confirm
    Usage notes

    Con- becomes

    col- before l: collaborate;
    com- before b, m, and p: combat, commit, compel;
    cor- before r: correlation;

    It can also appear as co-: coexistence, cosine .

    Etymology 2

    Back-formation from conlang, short for "constructed language" .

    Preposition

    con-

    1. attached to certain words to obtain new, informal, subcultural words in which con- conveys a notion of:
      1. constructed, artificial
      2. hypothetical, fictional
      3. related to conlangs, conworlds, etc .
    Derived terms

    con

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/07/26 20:08 UTC Version )

    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) IPA: /kan/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /kɒn/
    • Rhymes: -ɒn

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English connen, from Old English cunnan ( “to know, know how” ). More at can .

    Verb

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

    1. ( rare ) To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.
    2. ( rare, archaic ) To know, understand, acknowledge .
      Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill. — Edmund Spenser
    Related terms

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation of Latin contra ( “against” ) .

    Noun

    con ( plural: cons )

    1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantages ( pros ) .
      pros and cons
    Synonyms
    Antonyms
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    Etymology 3

    Shortened from 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 .
    Synonyms
    • See also Wikisaurus:deception

    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 .
    Synonyms
    • ( to be conned ): be sold a pup ( 慣用的用法, UK, 豪州用法 )

    Related terms

    Etymology 5

    From earlier cond, from Middle English conduen, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere, present active infinitive of condūcō ( “draw together; conduct” ) .

    Noun

    con ( uncountable )

    1. ( nautical ) The navigational direction of a ship
    Derived terms

    Etymology 6

    From Latin combining form con-, from cum ( “with, together” ) .

    Noun

    con ( plural: cons )

    1. Short for convention or conference; used in regard to any type of convention .

    See also

    Anagrams

    • NCO, NOC



Definition of con- by GCIDE Dictionary

con-


  1. Con- A prefix, fr. L. cum, signifying with, together, etc. See Com-.