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"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 job rather 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 receives money 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 arranging flowers.
  • 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
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"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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