pro


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

PRO

abbr.
public relations officer

pro 1

 (prō)
n. pl. pros
1. An argument or consideration in favor of something: weighing the pros and cons.
2. One who supports a proposal or takes the affirmative side in a debate.
adv.
In favor; affirmatively: arguing pro and con.
adj.
Affirmative; supporting: a pro vote.

[Middle English, from Latin prō, for; see per in Indo-European roots.]

pro 2

 (prō) Informal
n. pl. pros
1. A professional, especially in sports.
2. An expert in a field of endeavor.
adj.
Professional: pro football.

pro

(prəʊ)
adv
in favour of a motion, issue, course of action, etc. Compare anti
prep
in favour of
n, pl pros
1. (usually plural) an argument or vote in favour of a proposal or motion
2. (usually plural) a person who votes in favour of a proposal, motion, etc
[from Latin prō (prep) in favour of]

pro

(prəʊ)
n, pl pros
1. informal short for professional
2. slang a prostitute
the internet domain name for
(Computer Science) professional practitioner
adj
informal short for professional
[C19: by shortening]

PRO

abbreviation for
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Public Records Office
2. (Commerce) public relations officer

pro1

(proʊ)

adv., n., pl. pros. adv.
1. in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.
n.
2. the argument, position, arguer, or voter for something.
Compare con 1.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prō (preposition) in favor of, for; akin to per-, Greek pró, Skt pra]

pro2

(proʊ)

adj., n., pl. pros.
professional.
[1840–50; by shortening]

PRO

or P.R.O.,

public relations officer.

pro-1

,
1. a prefix, having anti- as its opposite, used to form adjectives that have the general sense “favoring” the group, interests, course of action, etc., denoted by the headword: pro-choice; pro-American; prowar.
2. a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, with the meanings “forward,” forming esp. verbs denoting forward movement or location (proceed; progress), advancement (promote; propose), or bringing into existence (procreate; produce); “before, outside of” (profane); “in place of” (pronoun).
[< Latin prō-, pro-, comb. form representing prō pro1]

pro-2

,
a prefix, occurring orig. in loanwords from Greek, with the meanings “before, beforehand, in front of” (prognosis; prophylactic; prothesis), “front part, extremity” (proboscis), “primitive or embryonic form,” “precursor” (prodrug; pronephros; prosimian).
[< Greek, comb. form of pró for, before; see pro1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pro - an athlete who plays for paypro - an athlete who plays for pay  
athlete, jock - a person trained to compete in sports
free agent - (sports) a professional athlete who is free to sign a contract to play for any team
semipro, semiprofessional - an athlete who plays for pay on a part-time basis
2.pro - an argument in favor of a proposal
argument, statement - a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
con - an argument opposed to a proposal
Adj.1.pro - in favor of (an action or proposal etc.); "a pro vote"
anti - not in favor of (an action or proposal etc.)
Adv.1.pro - in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.
con - in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.; "much was written pro and con"
Translations
مُؤَيِّد
kladpropro a proti
pro
ammattilainenetuhyvä puolipuolesta
meîrök; rök meî og á móti
par un pret
olumlu olumsuz noktalar

PRO

N ABBR
1. =Public Record OfficeArchivo m Nacional
2. =public relations officer

pro

1 [prəʊ]
A. PREFIX
1. (= in favour of) → pro, en pro de
pro-Sovietpro-soviético
pro-Spanishhispanófilo
pro-Europeaneuropeísta
they were terribly pro-Francoeran unos franquistas furibundos, eran partidarios acérrimos de Franco
2. pro rata
see pro rata
3. pro tem; pro tempore
see pro tem
B. N the pros and conslos pros y los contras
we are weighing up the pros and the consestamos estudiando los pros y los contras

pro

2 [prəʊ] N (= professional) → profesional mf

pro

3 [prəʊ] N (= prostitute) → puta f

pro

[ˈprəʊ]
n
(SPORT)pro m/f
(= good, reliable person)
You're a real pro → Tu es un vrai pro.
the pros and cons → le pour et le contre
the pros and cons of doing sth → les avantages et les inconvénients qu'il y a à faire qch
to weigh up the pros and cons → peser le pour et le contre
We weighed up the pros and cons → Nous avons pesé le pour et le contre.
to have pros and cons → avoir du bon et du mauvais
prep (= in favour of) → pro

pro

1
n (inf)Profi m

pro

2
n (inf: = prostitute) → Nutte f (inf)

pro

3
prep (= in favour of)für
n the pros and consdas Für und Wider, das Pro und Kontra

pro

1 [prəʊ] n the pros and consi pro e i contro

pro

2 [prəʊ] n (fam) (Sport) → professionista m/f

pro1

(prəu)
short for professional.

pro2

(prəu) : pros and cons (prouzənˈkonz)
the arguments for and against. Let's hear all the pros and cons before we make a decision.
References in classic literature ?
Peggotty and the Yarmouth boatmen having put off in a gale of wind with an anchor and cable to the "Nelson" Indiaman in distress; and you shall go there another day, and find them deep in the evidence, pro and con, respecting a clergyman who has misbehaved himself; and you shall find the judge in the nautical case, the advocate in the clergyman's case, or contrariwise.
Et vobis quaso, domine reverendissime, pro misericordia vestra.
They bring the body, and we pay the price,' he used to say, dwelling on the alliteration - 'QUID PRO QUO.
Gradually all noises diminished, until the suppressed cough denoted that it was necessary to avoid singularity, and the most pro found stillness pervaded the apartment.
It runs: -- Vondervotteimittis -- Vonder, lege Donder -- Votteimittis, quasi und Bleitziz- Bleitziz obsol: -- pro Blitzen.
An historian, for example, having attained the age of five hundred, would write a book with great labor and then get himself carefully embalmed; leaving instructions to his executors pro tem.
The Senate shall choose their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice-President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.
Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid.
Tiberius in a letter to him saith, Haec pro amicitia nostra non occultavi; and the whole senate dedicated an altar to Friendship, as to a goddess, in respect of the great dearness of friendship, between them two.
Nothing riles me more than being asked about for my cricket as though I were a pro.
He harangued the two women ex traordinarily, with much of his shirt hanging out of his waistbelt, stamping his foot, turning from one to the other, sometimes throwing both his arms to gether, straight up above his rumpled hair, and keeping them in that position while he uttered a passage of loud denunciation; at others folding them tight across his breast--and then he hissed with indignation, elevating his shoulders and pro truding his head.
He read many wise things in books, but he could only judge from his own experience (he did not know whether he was different from other people); he did not calculate the pros and cons of an action, the benefits which must befall him if he did it, the harm which might result from the omission; but his whole being was urged on irresistibly.