Main definitions of pro in English

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pro1

noun

informal
  • 1A professional, especially in sport.

    ‘a tennis pro’
    • ‘On the other hand, Stanford made it in 1998 without a future pro at either guard.’
    • ‘Designers also look at what riders wear, to get a sense of how the pros like their sports gear to fit.’
    • ‘He was a tremendous athlete that never had a chance to become a pro because of World War II.’
    • ‘With pros playing in the Olympics, this is the last spot for pure amateurism.’
    • ‘The sites usually list bios and name some of the professional designations that qualified pros have.’
    • ‘Sports staffs now call on country club pros to serve as tennis instructors.’
    • ‘If my son ever gets the chance to play football as a pro, I'd advise him to do it that way.’
    • ‘Does he protest when baseball or tennis players become pros right after high school?’
    • ‘That was good enough to beat every man in a field containing a mix of former tour professionals, club pros and plus-handicap amateurs.’
    • ‘Some of the top examples from recent years, joined by a new name on the pro and college sports scenes.’
    • ‘Which quality among match officials is respected most by tennis pros?’
    • ‘In the pros, players become even more specialized and don't have time to worry about playing other positions.’
    • ‘Most of the pros and big-time athletes that were doing juice were monitored by a doctor at some point and had some clean roids to use.’
    • ‘One does not have to see the pros play to learn or enjoy the sport.’
    • ‘In football the old pros will always tell you that the team that wants it most will win it.’
    • ‘I recorded the feats of the man who is still regarded as the best runner, perhaps the best pro football player of all time.’
    • ‘According to NCAA bylaws, a student athlete is allowed to be a pro in one sport while maintaining amateur status in another.’
    • ‘Even with complete information and investment pros analysing it, returns are no better than if you buy stocks randomly.’
    • ‘His first two games as a pro were in the playoffs, and he had two points.’
    • ‘It was one of those gut-wrenching golf tournaments decided with the last putt on the last green before a rookie pro emerged with his maiden victory.’
    professional player, non-amateur, paid player
    expert, master, maestro, past master, trooper, adept, virtuoso, old hand, skilled person, authority
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  • 2A prostitute.

adjective

  • (of a person or an event) professional.

    ‘a pro golfer’
    • ‘Here's how the other major pro sports leagues stack up against the NBA in the logo sweepstakes.’
    • ‘We hope to start it up and get some leagues going so that it is good eventually both for youngsters coming through and good pro players as well.’
    • ‘They have made 21 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest active streak in big-league pro sports.’
    • ‘Rugby in the region is in danger - the pro team is close to being disbanded at the end of the season as central budget cuts bite and the area's business community have so far failed to come up with a rescue package.’
    • ‘The basketball superstar, now 40, played his final pro game last month.’
    • ‘Winning his fourth pro event out-did Woods as well.’
    • ‘This can be easily compared to the outrageous pro sports contracts of this day; he took the money and ran, and then failed to perform.’
    • ‘I dread to think, for instance, how many points Glasgow would take off Glasgow Hawks, and in fact I think that each year the top club should get to take on the bottom pro team.’
    • ‘But times have changed and the Olympics is attracting more and more pro players.’
    • ‘As far as the pro teams were concerned, Glasgow enjoyed a good start to the season and got as as far as the semi-finals of the Celtic League, proving that they are becoming more competitive.’
    • ‘Sponsoring seminars with pro staff and regionally known turkey hunters will draw customers into your store.’
    • ‘In addition, the pro fitness contest might become a pro figure event instead.’
    • ‘Having just two pro teams in the whole country brings home the truth of how small our game of rugby is when, really, you want something that pretends we're much bigger.’
    • ‘However, there is an irony in the fact that if the plan to off-load the pro teams is successful they again will need a chief executive.’
    • ‘For many of these guys their interest might be about pro player opportunities but for others it's about having an ambition to set new targets - like European rugby.’
    • ‘Let the pro teams worry about producing pro players, cut the amateurs free from professional commitments.’
    • ‘If they perform, they keep their places in the pro team ranks; if they do not, they drop back to their clubs and a Premiership rival claims his place.’
    • ‘The strangeness comes a little later, when amateur athletes like these turn pro.’
    • ‘Instead of developing players to international level, Scotland's pro teams have had to nurse youngsters up to a basic competitive standard which some never reach.’
    • ‘There is talk of the union offering the pro teams for franchise, but I believe it is more important that every player in those pro teams should be eligible for Scotland.’
    in favour, approving, on the side of
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

pro

/prəʊ/

Main definitions of pro in English

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pro2

noun

usually pros
  • An advantage or argument in favour of something.

    ‘the pros and cons of share ownership’
    • ‘A workshop being held tomorrow at Neal's Yard Remedies in Edinburgh will discuss the pros and cons of the MMR vaccination.’
    • ‘And you don't have to be a genius to add up the pros and cons of that one.’
    • ‘It can be unhelpful if someone has got a damaging habit and has made a snap decision between Christmas and New Year that they are going to stop without weighing up the pros and cons.’
    • ‘What are the pros of a long-term monogamous relationship?’
    • ‘What do you tell your patients when discussing the pros and cons of SSRIs?’
    • ‘He saw it as only natural that the Argentine crisis would give rise to a controversy over the pros and cons of the currency board arrangement.’
    • ‘In 1998 he published a book on the pros and cons of capital punishment.’
    • ‘Weighing up the pros and cons, I pressed ‘yes’ and got out of there.’
    • ‘That said, Frank of all people knows how much of a difference team spirit has made to Scotland, so I'm sure he's weighed up all the pros and cons.’
    • ‘Speakers will share with participants their views on becoming an entrepreneur and the pros and cons of entrepreneurship.’
    • ‘Bertie is grappling with the pros and cons of his selection.’
    • ‘The argument between the government and the BBC has become so arcane that most of the general public feel submerged beneath the pros and cons.’
    • ‘The essays in this issue explore the pros and cons, the advantages and dangers of taking human rights seriously.’
    • ‘It has been much in the headlines lately as the member states of the European Union grapple with the pros and cons of funding such research.’
    • ‘But in balance, weighing it all out, the pros of coming out very much outweigh the cons.’
    • ‘You have to look at the pros and cons of each one and we will be looking at each situation on its own merits.’
    • ‘Hopefully you would have seen a more balanced argument to the pros and cons of GM, and that we shouldn't believe every thing we read.’
    • ‘‘If the person was from the Highlands, they would be familiar with the pros and cons of this sort of area,’ he said.’
    • ‘I won't go into the pros and cons that weighed on me for more than a year.’
    • ‘For me, I have examined the options, carefully weighed the pros and cons and have decided on the best course of action.’
    advantage, good point, plus point, asset, benefit, added advantage, additional benefit, fringe benefit, bonus, extra, added extra, perk, dividend, attraction, attractive feature, beauty
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preposition & adverb

  • In favour of.

    as preposition ‘they were pro the virtues of individualism’
    • ‘We are not in the business of being anti or pro anybody.’
    • ‘Myself, I am anti-death penalty and pro euthanasia - at least some sorts of euthanasia.’
    • ‘We had 46 guests during that period of time who were pro open borders, pro illegal immigration.’
    • ‘It is pro-Porto Alegre, pro-people, pro a world where poor children don't die from preventable diseases.’
    • ‘And mind you I am not pro-Muslims or pro any community, I am just pro-human beings.’
    • ‘Prior to Japananese colonization, SK was split between pro-Chinese & pro Japanese factions.’
    • ‘Another point the pro capital punishment followers have the temerity to argue is that the threat of execution is more of a deterrent than life imprisonment.’
    • ‘If you give her the form, she'll check off anti-war, pro-gun control and pro gay rights etc.’
    • ‘We are very pro people telling the truth, confessing, and being absolved of their sins - to take a slightly United Future view of the world.’
    • ‘All in all, the findings of this paper suggest that pro growth policies, regardless of their impact on inequality, are likely to be pro poor in the long run.’
    • ‘‘If a village was not pro Viet Cong before we came, it sure was after we left,’ one GI observed.’
    • ‘I'm very pro adult literacy and she is actually getting people to read books again.’
    • ‘Well, I'm actually more pro vegetarian than not, but I thought this was quite funny.’
    • ‘It is very rare to have productive dialogue with a pro union guy.’
    • ‘I'm as pro business, pro free enterprise as anybody in the country.’
    • ‘The truth is, they're not pro anybody, other than themselves.’
    • ‘Rock finishes with a shout out to the troops, following the now standard Hollywood liberal stance, anti-war but pro our brave boys.’
    on the side of, pro, for, all for, giving support to, giving backing to, right behind, encouraging of, approving of, sympathetic to
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin, literally ‘for, on behalf of’.

Pronunciation

pro

/prəʊ/

Main definitions of pro in English

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PRO3

  • 1Public Record Office.

  • 2Public relations officer.