con Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “con” in the English Dictionary

"con" in British English

See all translations

converb [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).

connoun

uk   /kɒn/ us   /kɑːn/

con-prefix

uk   /kɒn-/ us   /kɑːn-/

Con.adjective

UK
(Definition of con from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"con" in American English

See all translations

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

See all translations

converb [T]

uk   /kɒn/ us   -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 real estate scam.con sb into (doing) sth The website conned customers into giving their bank account and password information.

connoun [C]

uk   /kɒn/ us also confidence trick
a trick to get someone's money, or to make them do what you want: What seemed like a great investment opportunity turned 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)
What is the pronunciation of con?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“con” in American English

“con” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

ray

a narrow beam of light, heat, etc. travelling in a straight line from its place of origin

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More