pro

Pro is a Latin root word meaning for. If you make a list of pros and cons, you are listing the reasons for doing something and the reasons not to, respectively.

Pro is also the shortened form of the word "professional," often referring to professional sports. If your cousin plays college basketball — and he's really good — he'll have to decide if he is going to turn pro or finish college first. The shortened form isn't always about sports, however. You might handle your little sister's bicycle accident like a pro, cleaning her up, sticking bandages on her knees, and handing her a lollipop.

Primary Meanings of pro

1.
nadjadv
an argument in favor of a proposal
in favor of (an action or proposal etc.)
in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.
2.
n
an athlete who plays for pay
Full Definitions of pro
1

n an argument in favor of a proposal

Antonyms:
con
an argument opposed to a proposal
Type of:
argument, statement
a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true

adj in favor of (an action or proposal etc.)

“a pro vote”
Antonyms:
anti
not in favor of (an action or proposal etc.)

adv in favor of a proposition, opinion, etc.

Antonyms:
con
in opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc.
2

n an athlete who plays for pay

Synonyms:
professional
Antonyms:
amateur
an athlete who does not play for pay
Types:
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
Type of:
athlete, jock
a person trained to compete in sports

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