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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Con
Against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side; -- The antithesis of pro, and usually in connection with it. See Pro.

Etymology: Abbrev. from L. contra against

verb Con
Senses
  1. To know; to understand; to acknowledge.(Obs)"Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill." [Spenser.]"They say they con to heaven the highway." [Spenser.]
  2. To study in order to know; to peruse; to learn; to commit to memory; to regard studiously."Fixedly did look Upon the muddy waters which he conned As if he had been reading in a book." [Wordsworth.]"I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson." [Burke.]

Etymology: AS. cunnan to know, be able, and (derived from thiscunnian to try, test. See Can v. t. & i.

verb Con
To conduct, or superintend the steering of (a vessel); to watch the course of (a vessel) and direct the helmsman how to steer.

Etymology: See Cond

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
  2. An argument opposed to a proposal
  3. A person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
  4. Commit to memory; learn by heart
  5. Deprive of by deceit
  6. In opposition to a proposition, opinion, etc. ("much was written pro and con")
Wiktionary

From Middle English connen, from Old English cunnan (“to know, know how”), from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną.

Abbreviation of Latin contra (“against”).

  1. A disadvantage of something, especially when contrasted with its advantages (pros).
    pros and
  2. (computing) A reserved word in MS-DOS applications, likely an abbreviation for console.

Clipping of convict.

  1. (slang) A convicted criminal, a convict.

From con trick, shortened from confidence trick.

  1. (slang) A fraud; something carried out with the intention of deceiving, usually for personal, often illegal, gain.

From earlier cond, from Middle English conduen, from Old French conduire, from Latin condūcere, present active infinitive of condūcō (“draw together; conduct”).

  1. (nautical) The navigational direction of a ship

Clipping of convention or conference.

  1. An organized gathering such as a convention, conference or congress.

    con was also found in the following language(s): Aragonese, Asturian, Catalan, Dalmatian, Fala, French, Galician, Irish, Italian, Ladin, Lojban, Muong, Old French, Old Irish, Old Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese

    Notable Persons Named Con

    Con O'Neill is an actor and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 1980. Con was given the name Robert O'Neill on August 15th, 1963 in Weston-super-Mare.

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    Con Kolivas is an anesthesiologist. Con was born in Melbourne.

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    Con was born on January 14th, 1955.

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    Con Conrad was a songwriter. Con was given the name Conrad K. Dober on June 18th, 1891. He left this life on September 28th, 1938.

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    Con Hunley is a country music singing, singer-songwriter, and musician. He plays Vocal music and Piano. He has had major accomplishments since 1976. Con was given the name Conard Logan Hunley on April 9th, 1945.

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    Con Sciacca is a member of parliament. He was most prominent from 1987 to 1996. Con was born on June 13th, 1947 in Sicily.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Con

    John Olatunde Ayeni CON is a business magnate / entrepreneur. John was given the name John Olatunde Ayeni on April 4th, 1967.

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    Pedro Ferriz de Con is a journalist. Pedro was born on December 12th, 1950 in Mexico City.

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    Đặng was given the name Trần Côn in 1705 in Nhân Mục village, Thanh Trì district, Hanoi. He died in 1745.

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    He was most active from 2007 to 2015. Theodore was born in 1950 in Nigeria. Theodore is also known as Ochendo.

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    Dr. Tafida Bamanga Muhammad Tukur CON is a people's democratic party national chairman and people's democratic party (nigeria). Dr. was born on September 15th, 1935.

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    Marin Con is a soccer player for the Sohar SC, HNK Rijeka, NK Novalja, NK Orijent, NK Pomorac Kostrena, Flamurtari Vlorë, NK Zadar, Al-Fahaheel FC, and NK Krk. Marin was born on February 8th, 1985 in Rijeka.

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    Popularity of Con as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Con U.S.
      White 34.24% 64.26%
      African American 9.39% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.64% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 41.52% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Con are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Con

    • How Popular is the name Con? Con is the 18,867th most popular name of all time. As a last name Con was the 60,960th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Con have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 389 babies born with the first name Con in the United States. That's more than enough people named Con to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Con? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Con first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Con is Wednesday, November 13th, 1867.
    • What year had the most people named Con born? The highest recorded use of the first name Con was in 1925 with a total of 13 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Con: Your name in reverse order is Noc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Noc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Con? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 330 people with the last name Con.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Con? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Con as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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