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 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

(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 /prəʊ-/ us

supporting or approving of something:

Traditionally, the Republican Party is perceived to be more pro-business.
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pronoun [ C ]

uk /prəʊ/ us

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 /prəʊ/ us

informal →  professional adjective

(Definition of “PRO” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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