Hypertext Webster Gateway: "con"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Con \Con\, adv. [Abbrev. from L. contra against.]
Against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative
side; -- The antithesis of pro, and usually in connection
with it. See {Pro}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Con \Con\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Conned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Conning}.] [AS. cunnan to know, be able, and (derived from
this) cunnian to try, test. See {Can}, v. t. & i.]
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.

I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson.

{To con answer}, to be able to answer. [Obs.]

{To con thanks}, to thank; to acknowledge obligation. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Con \Con\, v. t. [See {Cond}.] (Naut.)
To conduct, or superintend the steering of (a vessel); to
watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an argument opposed to a proposal [ant: {pro}]
2: a person serving a prison sentence [syn: {convict}, {inmate},
{jailbird}, {gaolbird}]
3: a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a
person to buy worthless property [syn: {bunco}, {bunco
game}, {bunko}, {bunko game}, {confidence trick}, {confidence
game}, {con game}, {gyp}, {hustle}, {sting}, {flimflam}]
adv : on the negative side; "much was written pro and con" [syn: {in
opposition}] [ant: {pro}]
v 1: deprive of by deceit; "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" [syn: {swindle}, {rook}, {goldbrick}, {nobble},
{diddle}, {bunco}, {defraud}, {scam}, {mulct}, {gyp}]
2: commit to memory; learn by heart [syn: {memorize}, {learn}]

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