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In the old days, a con man would be good looking, suave, well dressed, well spoken and presented themselves real well. Those days are gone because it's not necessary. The people committing these crimes are doing them from hundreds of miles away.
Frank Abagnale

Meaning of "con" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CON

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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CON

con  [kɒn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CON

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Con is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb con in English.

WHAT DOES CON MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Con

Con may refer to: ▪ Confidence trick, also known as con, scam, or flim flam ▪ Con, a television show about confidence trickery ▪ Con ▪ Conn, also spelled con, the command of movement of a ship at sea ▪ Consider, the ability to evaluate an opponent in MUDs ▪ Consolidated Edison, also Con Edison ▪ Contact lens, in Hong Kong English ▪ Contra as in the original Latin phrase of pros and cons pro et contra ▪ Convention ▪ Fan convention, e.g. "Comic-Con" ▪ Convict, as in ex-con, a person who has been convicted of a crime ▪ Convicted felon, a person who has been convicted of a felony crime in a court of law ▪ In Italian musical terms used in English, it means "with" CON may refer to: ▪ Certificate of Need ▪ Commander of the Order of the Niger ▪ Commonwealth of Nations, an association of primarily former British colonies ▪ Concord Municipal Airport, a public-use airport in Merrimack County, New...

Definition of con in the English dictionary

The definition of con in the dictionary is to swindle or defraud.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CON

PRESENT

Present
I con
you con
he/she/it cons
we con
you con
they con
Present continuous
I am coning
you are coning
he/she/it is coning
we are coning
you are coning
they are coning
Present perfect
I have coned
you have coned
he/she/it has coned
we have coned
you have coned
they have coned
Present perfect continuous
I have been coning
you have been coning
he/she/it has been coning
we have been coning
you have been coning
they have been coning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I coned
you coned
he/she/it coned
we coned
you coned
they coned
Past continuous
I was coning
you were coning
he/she/it was coning
we were coning
you were coning
they were coning
Past perfect
I had coned
you had coned
he/she/it had coned
we had coned
you had coned
they had coned
Past perfect continuous
I had been coning
you had been coning
he/she/it had been coning
we had been coning
you had been coning
they had been coning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will con
you will con
he/she/it will con
we will con
you will con
they will con
Future continuous
I will be coning
you will be coning
he/she/it will be coning
we will be coning
you will be coning
they will be coning
Future perfect
I will have coned
you will have coned
he/she/it will have coned
we will have coned
you will have coned
they will have coned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been coning
you will have been coning
he/she/it will have been coning
we will have been coning
you will have been coning
they will have been coning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would con
you would con
he/she/it would con
we would con
you would con
they would con
Conditional continuous
I would be coning
you would be coning
he/she/it would be coning
we would be coning
you would be coning
they would be coning
Conditional perfect
I would have con
you would have con
he/she/it would have con
we would have con
you would have con
they would have con
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been coning
you would have been coning
he/she/it would have been coning
we would have been coning
you would have been coning
they would have been coning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you con
we let´s con
you con
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to con
Past participle
coned
Present Participle
coning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CON

con amore
con artist
con brio
con dolore
con espressione
con fuoco
con game
con man
con moto
con rod
con sordino
con spirito
con trick
Con-Dem
Con.
conacre
conacreism

WORDS THAT END LIKE CON

on
television
Thompson
ton
tradition
transaction
translation
transmission
transportation
turn on
turn-on
union
upon
vacation
version
vision
Washington
Wilson
won
work on

Synonyms and antonyms of con in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CON»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «con» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of con

Translation of «con» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CON

Find out the translation of con to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of con from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «con» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

哄骗
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

timar
570 millions of speakers

English

con
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

चोर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يخدع
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кон
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

enganar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

বিরূদ্ধে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

escroquer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Con
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

betrügen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

だます
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

사기치다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Con
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஏமாற்றுபவன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फसवणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aleyhte
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

truffare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

con
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

кон
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

con
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

con
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

con
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

con
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

con
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of con

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CON»

The term «con» is very widely used and occupies the 443 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CON» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «con» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «con» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about con

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10 QUOTES WITH «CON»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word con.
1
Frank Abagnale
In the old days, a con man would be good looking, suave, well dressed, well spoken and presented themselves real well. Those days are gone because it's not necessary. The people committing these crimes are doing them from hundreds of miles away.
2
Tony Abbott
A tax cut to compensate for a tax increase is not a cut - it's a con.
3
Danny Aiello
My father was a good man, but he was a con man. He was a wanderer, nomadic.
4
Paul Thomas Anderson
Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.
5
Essence Atkins
I like to make Arroz con Gandules, rice with pigeon peas. My husband loves it. It's a Puerto Rican dish my mother taught me.
6
James Bovard
It is important to recognize and politics positive thinking is often the slaves' virtue - something that people do to con themselves about the burden and change being placed upon them.
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Edward Burns
Actors are con men and con men are actors.
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Edward Burns
The con movie is a little bit different where maybe we tell you what we're going to do but it never goes down the way you expect because there's so much double-crossing and cheats and lies going on along the whole way.
9
Eric Cantona
The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that's a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it con only spur everyone on.
10
Joan Collins
We live in a quick-fix society where we need instant gratification for everything. Too fat? Get lipo-sucked. Stringy hair? Glue on extensions. Wrinkles and lines? Head to the beauty shop for a pot of the latest miracle skin stuff. It's all a beautiful £1 billion con foisted upon insecure women by canny cosmetic conglomerates.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CON»

Discover the use of con in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to con and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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How to Cheat at Everything: An Ex-professional Con Man ...
Lowell, a former con man, reveals the secrets of cheating, scams, and hustles in this roller-coaster ride through bar bets, carnivals, Internet fraud, big and small cons, card and dice games, and more.
Simon Lovell, 2006
2
Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Andrew Sullivan, 2009
3
God Men Con Men
This Book Is A Spiritual Saga Of A Non-Conformist Who After A Life Long Search Is Honest Enough To Say That He Has Come To The End Of His Tether And Still Has No Clue To Life`S Mystery.
Robert Carr, 2003
4
Dot.Con
Moving from the Cold War Pentagon to Silicon Valley to Wall Street and into the homes of millions of Americans, Cassidy tells the story of the great boom and bust in an authoritative and entertaining narrative.
John Cassidy, 2009
5
How to Become a Professional Con Artist
If you've ever read a news story about a sucker getting taken and wondered how he could have fallen for that, you need to read this book before an honest-faced stranger offers you a deal too good to pass up.
Dennis Marlock, 2001
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Padres Con Sentido Común: 5 Principios Para Padres Que ...
¡Padres con sentido común! es una lectura obligada para todos aquellos padres que deseamos criar, educar y disciplinar a los hijos adolescentes, sin llevarnos mal con ellos.
Gabriel Bello M., 2011
7
Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women: The Female Trickster in ...
" In addition, Landay explores the connections between these texts and advertisements selling products that encourage female deception and trickery.
Lori Landay, 1998
8
The Con Job
The rich and powerful take what they want.
Matt Forbeck, Electric Entertainment, 2012
9
Con-fidence
In this convincing, crisply written novel, Strasser tackles head-on a very real middle-school predicament--the price one can be tempted to pay for popularity.
Todd Strasser, 2002
10
The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing
Filled with humorous facts and tables, a glossary of con terms, illustrations, the history of the con, and easy-to-follow swindles, this is the perfect gift for the hidden flim-flam artist in your life.
Todd Robbins, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CON»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term con is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Megafans ready to assemble at Comic-Con
With Superman and Supergirl on the invite list, San Diego's Comic-Con has a good head start at maintaining its status as pop-culture's biggest ... «USA TODAY, Jul 15»
2
DEADPOOL: Ryan Reynolds Confirms He'll Be at Comic-Con
20th Century Fox has yet to officially confirm what it's showing off at its San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday evening, but thanks to a little ... «Collider.com, Jul 15»
3
'Walking Dead' Creator to Miss Comic-Con
The creator of the zombie drama announced Tuesday that he is going to miss his first Comic-Con in more than a decade after having throat ... «Hollywood Reporter, Jul 15»
4
Remembering When 'Entourage' Went to Comic-Con, 10 Years Ago
Happy Comic-Con Eve, everyone! To prepare properly, let's look back at the year 2005 when "Entourage" paid a visit to the year's biggest pop ... «Indie Wire, Jul 15»
5
'Zombie Walk' at Comic-Con on hiatus
SAN DIEGO — The organizers of the annual “Zombie Walk” at Comic- Con International have announced that the event will not take place this ... «fox5sandiego.com, Jul 15»
6
How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs …
This weekend, 130,000 fanboys and girls will descend on San Diego for the 46th annual Comic-Con. In recent years, the sprawl of film ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
7
Wellington hosting NZ's first Comic Con
Doctor Who's Karen Gillan headlines the talent heading to the first New Zealand Comic Con later this month. Gillan, who played Amy Pond on ... «Stuff.co.nz, Jul 15»
8
Check Out This Crazy Escape From New York Comic-Con Exclusive …
What you see above is just one of the many, many exclusive posters the fine folks at Mondo will have on sale at San Diego Comic-Con. This is ... «io9, Jul 15»
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2015 Comic-Con: The Ultimate Movie Guide Starring Ben Affleck …
There's no doubt that this year's Comic-Con has TV on the brain, but movie fans have nothing to worry about—because there's plenty of big ... «E! Online, Jul 15»
10
Residents call Whitehaven apartment manager a 'con-artist'
They are sick of being intimidated by a property manager who they call a con-artist. Code Enforcement officers are now taking them to court. «wreg.com, Jul 15»

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