From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpropro1 /prəʊ $ proʊ/ ●●○ noun (plural pros) [countable] 1 BOJOB/WORKsomeone who is paid to do something, especially play a sport, that other people do for pleasure SYN professional OPP amateur a tennis pro the small gap between top amateurs and pros in golf2 informal (also old pro)EXPERIENCED someone who has had a lot of experience with a particular type of situation Cathy’s an old pro at organizing raffles.3 → pros and cons4 British English old-fashioned informalBOSY a prostitute → pro forma, pro rata
Examples from the Corpuspro• A pro teaches two sessions a day.• a golf pro• If there's a fish down there he'll catch it - he's a old pro.• My accountant knows his stuff - he's a real pro.• Besides, I was one of the pros.• For the Sunday the pros would be on their own, battling it out for the first prize of £500,000.• So even two-player matches are like watching two top pros playing, albeit without the glorious sight of their beer bellies!• The focus of the drama shifts to discovering the dangers, and weighing up pros and cons of using the magic carpet.• During the past few months, we have again weighed upthe pros and cons of reapplying now, or waiting for the time being.propro2 adjective informal 1 BOJOB/WORKpaid to do something, especially play a sport, that other people do for pleasure SYN professionalturn/go pro Most young talented players are determined to turn pro.2 American English played or done by people who are paid for what they do pro basketball
Examples from the Corpuspro• a pro basketball player• McMullen has had six fights in his pro career, 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 expanding pro team?• pro wrestlingturn/go pro• Lewis earned tremendous clout when the sport went pro.• Many sumo greats including Rikidozan, Tenyru and Choshu have turned pro.• You should have a good amateur record 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 preposition SUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANif you are pro an idea, suggestion etc, you support it As a party, they had always been pro family.
Examples from the Corpuspro• The party claims to be very pro family.pro-pro- /prəʊ $ proʊ/ prefix 1 PPGSUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANsupporting or approving of something OPP anti- pro-American the pro-choice lobby2 technicalBO doing a job instead of someone the pro-vice-chancellor
Examples from the Corpuspro-• a pro-democracy demonstration• a pro-environment governor• The pro-independence group has been attacked and suppressed.• pro-western forcesFrom Longman Business Dictionarypro-pro- /prəʊproʊ/ prefix in favour of or supporting somethingHe proved you can be pro-management, pro-labor, and pro-health and safety at the same time.PROPRO noun [countable]HUMAN RESOURCES public relations officer; someone whose job is to supply information about a company or organization in a way that makes people have a good opinion of itOrigin pro- Old French Latin, from Greek, from pro “before, for” pro1 (1800-1900) professional pro3 (1300-1400) Latin “for”