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English noun: con

1. con (communication) an argument opposed to a proposal


Broader (hypernym)argument, statement


Antonymspro

2. con (person) a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison


Synonymsconvict, inmate, yard bird, yardbird


Broader (hypernym)captive, prisoner


Narrower (hyponym)lifer, trusty

3. con (act) a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property


Synonymsbunco, bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, sting


Broader (hypernym)cheat, rig, swindle


Narrower (hyponym)sting operation


English adverb: con

1. con in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.


SamplesMuch was written pro and con.


Antonymspro


English verb: con

1. con (social) deprive of by deceit


SamplesHe swindled me out of my inheritance.
She defrauded the customers who trusted her.
The cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change.


ExamplesThey con him of all his money


Synonymsbunco, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, short-change, swindle, victimize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel, rip off


Narrower (hyponym)short, short-change

2. con (cognition) commit to memory; learn by heart


SamplesHave you memorized your lines for the play yet?.


Synonymslearn, memorise, memorize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hit the books, study


Narrower (hyponym)alternate, understudy









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