Meaning of “con” in the English Dictionary

"con" in British English

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converb [ T ]

uk /kɒn/ us /kɑːn/ -nn- informal

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

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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 /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)