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con

2 [kon]
verb (used with object), conned, conning.
1.
to learn; study; peruse or examine carefully.
2.
to commit to memory.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English cunnen, Old English cunnan variant of can1 in sense “become acquainted with, learn to know”

con

3 [kon] Nautical.
verb (used with object), conned, conning.
1.
to direct the steering of (a ship).
noun
2.
the station of the person who cons.
3.
the act of conning.
Also, conn.


Origin:
1350–1400; earlier cond, apocopated variant of Middle English condie, condue < Middle French cond(u)ire < Latin condūcere to conduct

con

4 [kon] Informal.
adjective
1.
involving abuse of confidence: a con trick.
verb (used with object), conned, conning.
2.
to swindle; trick: That crook conned me out of all my savings.
3.
to persuade by deception, cajolery, etc.
noun
4.
a confidence game or swindle.
5.
a lie, exaggeration, or glib self-serving talk: He had a dozen different cons for getting out of paying traffic tickets.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; by shortening of confidence

con

6 [kon]
verb (used with object), conned, conning. British Dialect.
1.
to strike, hit, or rap (something or someone).
2.
to hammer (a nail or peg).
3.
to beat or thrash a person with the hands or a weapon.

Origin:
1890–95; perhaps akin to French cognée hatchet, cogner to knock in, drive (a nail) home

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con1 (kɒn)
 
n
1.  a.  short for confidence trick
 b.  (as modifier): con man
 
vb , cons, conning, conned
2.  (tr) to swindle or defraud
 
[C19: from confidence]

con2 (kɒn)
 
n
1.  an argument or vote against a proposal, motion, etc
2.  a person who argues or votes against a proposal, motion, etc
 
[from Latin contrā against, opposed to]

con3 (kɒn)
 
n
slang short for convict

con or esp (US) nautical conn4 (kɒn)
 
vb , cons, conns, conning, conned
1.  (tr) to direct the steering of (a vessel)
 
n
2.  the place where a person who cons a vessel is stationed
 
[C17 cun, from earlier condien to guide, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere; see conduct]
 
conn or esp (US) nautical conn4
 
vb
 
n
 
[C17 cun, from earlier condien to guide, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere; see conduct]

con5 (kɒn)
 
vb , cons, conning, conned
archaic (tr) to study attentively or learn (esp in the phrase con by rote)
 
[C15: variant of can1 in the sense: to come to know]

con6 (kɒn)
 
prep
music with
 
[Italian]

conn (kɒn)
 
vb, —n
a variant spelling (esp US) of con

Conn (kɒn)
 
n
2nd century ad, king of Leinster and high king of Ireland

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Word Origin & History

con
"negation" (mainly in pro and con), 1570s, short for L. contra "against" (see contra).

con
"study," from O.E. cunnan "to know, know how" (see can (v.)).

con
"swindle," 1889, Amer.Eng., from confidence man (1849), from the many scams in which the victim is induced to hand over money as a token of confidence. Confidence with a sense of "assurance based on insufficient grounds" dates from 1590s. Con also can be a slang or colloquial shortening of several other
con- words in English, e.g., from the 19th century, confidant, conundrum, conformist, contract, and from the 20th century, convict, conductor.

con
"to guide ships," 1626, from Fr. conduire, from L. conducere (see conduce).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
con
  1. confidence game

  2. convict

CON
certificate of need
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Example sentences
They are starting to suspect that they have been conned.
The loser in all this is the consumer who is conned into making a purchase decision based on false premises.
If the salesperson refuses, you're probably being conned.
Insurance agencies conned in this scam had to pay off the loans and other financial instruments involved.
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