con Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “con” in the English Dictionary

"con" in British English

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converb [T]

uk   /kɒn/  us   /kɑːn/ (-nn-) informal
to make someone ​believe something ​false, usually so that that ​person will give you ​theirmoney or possessions: She ​felt she had been conned intobuying the ​car. Thieves conned him out of his ​lifesavings. He ​managed to con £20 out of them (= get that ​amount from them by ​deceiving them).


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


[C usually plural] informal a ​disadvantage or a ​reason for not doing something: One of the cons of ​buying a ​biggercar 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


uk   us   /kən-/
together; with: conspiracy consortium


written abbreviation for Conservative
(Definition of con from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"con" in American English

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converb [T]

 us   /kɑn/ (-nn-) infml
to ​deceive someone by using a ​trick, or to ​cheat someone of ​money: I ​know when I’m being conned.

connoun [C]

 us   /kɑn/
something done to ​trick or ​deceive someone: a con ​game/​job It was a con, and he ​fooled us all.
(Definition of con from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"con" in Business English

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converb [T]

uk   us   /kɒn/ (-nn-) informal
to trick someone so they will give you ​money, or do something that you want them to do: con sb out of sth Homeowners were conned out of millions of ​dollars in a huge ​realestatescam.con sb into (doing) sth The ​website conned ​customers into giving their ​bankaccount and ​passwordinformation.

connoun [C]

uk   /kɒn/ (also confidence trick)
a trick to get someone's ​money, or to make them do what you want: What seemed like a great ​investmentopportunityturned out to be an elaborate con. a con trick/​game a con ​merchant/artist
(Definition of con from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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