propro1 /prəʊ $ proʊ/ ●●○ noun (plural pros) [countable]1BOJOB/WORKsomeone who is paid to do something, especially play a sport, that other people do for pleasure syn professional opp amateura tennis prothe small gap between top amateurs and pros in golf2informal (also old pro)EXPERIENCED someone who has had a lot of experience with a particular type of situationCathy’s an old pro at organizing raffles.3 →pros and cons4British English old-fashioned informalBOSY a prostitute →pro forma, pro rata
propro2 adjective informal1BOJOB/WORKpaid to do something, especially play a sport, that other people do for pleasure syn professionalturn/go proMost young talented players are determined to turn pro.2American English played or done by people who are paid for what they dopro basketball
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pro• a probasketballplayer• McMullen has had six fights in his procareer, winning four, losing one and drawing one.• They have also given the lesser players their chance to see if pro golf is for them.• They were meant to be a pro group while we were just starting out.• Those problems aside, Acousticubes might prove to be good, quality nerve-centres for a touring, pro musician's setup.• Has he signed up one of the most formidable Arabs to ride for his expandingproteam?• prowrestlingturn/go pro• Lewis earnedtremendousclout when the sport went pro.• Many sumo greats including Rikidozan, Tenyru and Choshu have turned pro.• You should have a good amateurrecord before turning pro.• It will McCullough's seventh fight since he turned pro at the start of the year.• Never went pro, but I used to put him on as part of my act.• Now he seems nearly unbeatable, ready to turn pro immediately.• Both skaters turned pro last year.propro3 prepositionSUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANif you are pro an idea, suggestion etc, you support itAs a party, they had always been pro family.
pro-pro- /prəʊ $ proʊ/ prefix1PPGSUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANsupporting or approving of something opp anti-pro-Americanthe pro-choice lobby2technicalBO doing a job instead of someonethe pro-vice-chancellor