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Variant of com-.
a variant of com-
1. against a proposition, opinion, etc.: arguments pro and con.n.
2. the argument, position, arguer, or voter against something. Compare pro 1.
[1575–85; short for Latin contrā in opposition]
v.t. conned, con•ning.
1. to peruse or examine carefully; study.
2. to commit to memory; learn.
[before 1000; Middle English cunnen, Old English cunnan, variant of can1 in sense “become acquainted with”]
v. conned, con•ning,
1. to direct the steering of (a ship).n.
2. the station of the person who cons a ship.
[1350–1400; earlier cond, apocopated variant of Middle English condie, condue < Middle French cond(u)ire < Latin condūcere to conduct]
adj., v. conned, con•ning,
1. involving abuse of confidence; deceitfully manipulative: a con trick.v.t.
2. to swindle; trick.
3. to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.n.
4. a confidence game or swindle.
5. a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk.
[1895–1900, Amer.; by shortening of confidence]
Informal. a convict.
[1715–25; by shortening]
var. of com- before a consonant (except b, h, l, p, r): convene; condone; connection.
[< Latin contrā]