conning

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Con \Con\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Conned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conning}.] [AS. cunnan to know, be able, and (derived from this) cunnian to try, test. See {Can}, verb (used with an object) & i.]

1. To know; to understand; to acknowledge. [Obs.]

Of muses, Hobbinol, I con no skill. --Spenser.

They say they con to heaven the highway. --Spenser.

2. To study in order to know; to peruse; to learn; to commit to memory; to regard studiously.

Fixedly did look Upon the muddy waters which he conned As if he had been reading in a book. --Wordsworth.

I did not come into Parliament to con my lesson. --Burke.

{To con answer}, to be able to answer. [Obs.]

{To con thanks}, to thank; to acknowledge obligation. [Obs.] --Shak.


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