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Meaning of “pro” in the English Dictionary

"pro" in British English

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pronoun [C]

uk   /prəʊ/  us   /proʊ/ (plural pros)
  • pro noun [C] (SPORTSPERSON)

informal a ​person who ​plays a ​sport as a ​jobrather than as a ​hobby: a ​tennis pro a pro ​golfer

proadjective, preposition

uk   /prəʊ/  us   /proʊ/
supporting or ​agreeing with something: Are you pro or ​anti the new ​bill (= do you ​support it or are you against it)?

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pro-prefix

uk   /prəʊ-/  us   /proʊ-/
supporting or ​approving of something: pro-American pro-democracy ​demonstrations
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(Definition of pro from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pro" in American English

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pronoun [C]

 us   /proʊ/ (plural pros)
  • pro noun [C] (SPORTS PERSON)

infml a ​person who ​receivesmoney for ​playing a ​sport: a ​tennis pro infml A pro is also someone who is very good at something: Debbie is a ​real pro at ​arrangingflowers.
  • pro noun [C] (ADVANTAGE)

an ​advantage or a ​reason for doing something: I made a ​list of all the pros and ​cons (= ​advantages and ​disadvantages) of each ​school before I made my ​decision.

pro-prefix

 us   /proʊ/
supporting or ​approving of something: pro-American
(Definition of pro from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"PRO" in Business English

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PROnoun [C]

uk   us  
HR abbreviation for public relations officer

pro-prefix

uk   us   /prəʊ-/
supporting or ​approving of something: Traditionally, the ​Republican Party is perceived to be more pro-business.
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pronoun [C]

uk   us   /prəʊ/
an ​advantage or reason for doing something: We had to ​weigh up the pros and ​cons of ​outsourcing the ​work.
informal professional noun

proadjective

uk   us   /prəʊ/
informal →  professional adjective
(Definition of PRO from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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