Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “con”

con

verb [T] uk   /kɒn/ us    /kɑːn/ (-nn-) informal
to make someone believe something false, usually so that that person will give you their money or possessions: She felt she had been conned into buying the car. Thieves conned him out of his life savings. He managed to con £20 out of them (= get that amount from them by deceiving them).

con

noun uk   /kɒn/ us    /kɑːn/

con noun (TRICK)

[C] informal a trick to get someone's money or make someone do what you want: It's a con - you get half the food for twice the price! a con trick

con noun (DISADVANTAGE)

[C usually plural] informal a disadvantage or a reason for not doing something: One of the cons of buying a bigger car is that it costs more to run. You have to weigh up all the pros and cons of the matter before you make a decision.

con noun (PRISONER)

[C] slang a convict noun
(Definition of con verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of con?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Advantage and disadvantage, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “con” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More