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PRO

1.
public relations officer.
Also, P.R.O.
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British Dictionary definitions for p. r. o

pro1

/prəʊ/
adverb
1.
in favour of a motion, issue, course of action, etc Compare anti
preposition
2.
in favour of
noun (pl) pros
3.
(usually pl) an argument or vote in favour of a proposal or motion See also pros and cons
4.
(usually pl) a person who votes in favour of a proposal, motion, etc
See con2
Word Origin
from Latin prō (prep) in favour of

pro2

/prəʊ/
noun (pl) pros
1.
(informal) short for professional
2.
(slang) a prostitute
abbreviation
3.
professional practitioner
adjective
4.
(informal) short for professional
Word Origin
C19: by shortening

PRO

abbreviation
1.
Public Records Office
2.
public relations officer
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Word Origin and History for p. r. o

pro

n.

1866, shortening of professional (n.). The adjective is first recorded 1915 (in golfing's pro shop).

"a consideration or argument in favor," c.1400, from Latin pro (see pro-). Pro and con is attested from c.1400, short for pro and contra "for and against" (Latin pro et contra).

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p. r. o in Medicine

Pro abbr.
proline

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Slang definitions & phrases for p. r. o

pro 1

modifier

: pro ranks

noun
  1. A professional in any field, as distinct from an amateur, and mainly distinguished by superior and dependable performance: hear his song played and sung by pros (1866+)
  2. A prostitute: He treats all women like pros and all men like enemies (1937+)

[the last sense perhaps fr professional reinforced by prostitute, or vice versa]


pro 2

noun

A prophylactic for preventing venereal disease; condom; rubber (WWII armed forces)


pro

noun
  1. Probation as a judicial sentence (1950s+)
  2. A person on probation

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Related Abbreviations for p. r. o

pro

  1. professional
  2. prostitute

PRO

  1. peer review organization
  2. professional review organization
  3. pronoun
  4. public relations officer
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