Main definitions of pro in English

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pro1

noun

informal
  • A professional, especially in sports.

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

  • (of a person or an event) professional.

    ‘a pro golfer’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The basketball superstar, now 40, played his final pro game last month.’
    • ‘They have made 21 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest active streak in big-league pro sports.’
    • ‘In addition, the pro fitness contest might become a pro figure event instead.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sponsoring seminars with pro staff and regionally known turkey hunters will draw customers into your store.’
    • ‘Here's how the other major pro sports leagues stack up against the NBA in the logo sweepstakes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But times have changed and the Olympics is attracting more and more pro players.’
    • ‘Let the pro teams worry about producing pro players, cut the amateurs free from professional commitments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The strangeness comes a little later, when amateur athletes like these turn pro.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Winning his fourth pro event out-did Woods as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    in favour, approving, on the side of
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Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

pro

/prō//proʊ/

Main definitions of pro in English

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pro2

noun

usually pros
  • An advantage of something or an argument in favor of a course of action.

    ‘the pros and cons of joint ownership’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1998 he published a book on the pros and cons of capital punishment.’
    • ‘‘If the person was from the Highlands, they would be familiar with the pros and cons of this sort of area,’ he said.’
    • ‘A workshop being held tomorrow at Neal's Yard Remedies in Edinburgh will discuss the pros and cons of the MMR vaccination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But in balance, weighing it all out, the pros of coming out very much outweigh the cons.’
    • ‘I won't go into the pros and cons that weighed on me for more than a year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have to look at the pros and cons of each one and we will be looking at each situation on its own merits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The essays in this issue explore the pros and cons, the advantages and dangers of taking human rights seriously.’
    • ‘Weighing up the pros and cons, I pressed ‘yes’ and got out of there.’
    • ‘Bertie is grappling with the pros and cons of his selection.’
    • ‘What do you tell your patients when discussing the pros and cons of SSRIs?’
    • ‘For me, I have examined the options, carefully weighed the pros and cons and have decided on the best course of action.’
    • ‘What are the pros of a long-term monogamous relationship?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And you don't have to be a genius to add up the pros and cons of that one.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 favor of.

    as preposition ‘they were pro the virtues of individualism’
    • ‘If you give her the form, she'll check off anti-war, pro-gun control and pro gay rights etc.’
    • ‘We had 46 guests during that period of time who were pro open borders, pro illegal immigration.’
    • ‘I'm very pro adult literacy and she is actually getting people to read books again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm as pro business, pro free enterprise as anybody in the country.’
    • ‘‘If a village was not pro Viet Cong before we came, it sure was after we left,’ one GI observed.’
    • ‘It is pro-Porto Alegre, pro-people, pro a world where poor children don't die from preventable diseases.’
    • ‘Well, I'm actually more pro vegetarian than not, but I thought this was quite funny.’
    • ‘Prior to Japananese colonization, SK was split between pro-Chinese & pro Japanese factions.’
    • ‘The truth is, they're not pro anybody, other than themselves.’
    • ‘We are not in the business of being anti or pro anybody.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is very rare to have productive dialogue with a pro union guy.’
    • ‘Rock finishes with a shout out to the troops, following the now standard Hollywood liberal stance, anti-war but pro our brave boys.’
    • ‘Myself, I am anti-death penalty and pro euthanasia - at least some sorts of euthanasia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And mind you I am not pro-Muslims or pro any community, I am just pro-human beings.’
    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

/prō//proʊ/

Main definitions of pro in English

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PRO3

  • 1Public relations officer.

  • 2British Public Record Office.