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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Con  \Con\,  v.  t.  [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},  v.  t.  &  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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