pocket

noun
pock·​et | \ ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a small bag carried by a person : purse
b : a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side coat pocket
2 : supply of money : means
3 : receptacle, container: such as
a : an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table
b : a superficial pouch in some animals
4 : a small often isolated area or group pockets of unemployment :
a : a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas)
5 : a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail
b : the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others
c : an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass
7 : the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught
in one's pocket
: in one's control or possession
in pocket
1 : provided with funds
2 : in the position of having made a profit
out of pocket
1 : low on money or funds
2 : having suffered a loss
3 : from cash on hand

pocket

verb
pocketed; pocketing; pockets

Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket pocketed the change
b : to appropriate to one's own use : steal
c : to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto
2 : to put up with : accept
3 : to set aside : suppress pocketed his pride
4a : to hem in
b : to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table
5 : to cover or supply with pockets

pocket

adjective

Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : small enough to be carried in the pocket
b : small, miniature a pocket park
2a : of or relating to money
b : carried in or paid from one's own pocket

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Other Words from pocket

Noun

pocketful \ ˈpä-​kət-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce pocketful (audio) \ noun

Verb

pocketable \ ˈpä-​kə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce pocketable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

Noun

He keeps his gloves in his coat pocket. She was standing there with her hands in her pockets. I have a hole in my pocket. Her pocket was full of change. There are pockets on the back of each car seat. The tickets are in the zippered pocket on the front of the suitcase.

Verb

The chairman was fired for pocketing funds. The saleswoman had overcharged them and pocketed the difference. a professional golfer who pocketed more than four million dollars in winnings I had to pocket my pride and ask for some help.

Adjective

his pocket involvement in the company was minimal
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Glass pocket doors open to a covered patio and a swimming pool. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Rounding the diamond," 15 June 2019 And according to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is lining up some deep financial pockets to provide the monetary backing behind Libra. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Who is Facebook getting to support Libra, its cryptocurrency?," 14 June 2019 Khachapuri is a sweet version of a traditionally savory cheese and egg pie; Engel fills a laminated dough pocket with hazelnut pastry cream and poached apricots (the resemblance to an egg yolk is intentional), topped with tarragon ice cream. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Galit delivers a Middle Eastern masterpiece from James Beard-winning chef Zach Engel," 14 June 2019 Chandler said the state warning to the public remains in effect to avoid contact with any remaining pockets of foam on the river or eating fish caught in the lower Farmington. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "State dredging of Farmington River spill pollution possible, official says," 14 June 2019 Vandemoer funneled the payments directly to the school's sailing program and did not pocket any of the money. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Analysis: Those in college scandal could still go to prison, despite first defendant skating," 13 June 2019 Tall grass surrounds the tiny pocket park where families once gathered for barbecues. al.com, "At long last, Mobile looks to demolish long abandoned housing complex in Africatown," 13 June 2019 Most of that comes in the form of single-family homes, something Detweiler attributes to Castle Rock’s popularity with young families and its relative value compared to other pockets of the metro area. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "As Castle Rock looks to evolve beyond a bedroom community, the old town dump will be key," 13 June 2019 His lawyers had urged the judge to keep him out of prison, noting the coach quickly accepted responsibility for his actions and didn't pocket any of the money for himself. Alanna Durkin Richer, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Stanford coach avoids prison time in college bribery scam," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the new sheriffs, who took office on Jan. 14, accused their predecessors of pocketing sheriff’s office funds or purchasing thousands of dollars of items the new sheriffs described as wasteful or unnecessary. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "How Nine Sheriffs Who Lost Reelection Made Life Harder for Their Successors," 12 June 2019 Some of the new sheriffs, who took office on Jan. 14, accused their predecessors of pocketing sheriff’s office funds or purchasing thousands of dollars of items the new sheriffs described as wasteful or unnecessary. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al.com, "How Alabama sheriffs who lost reelection made life harder for their successors," 12 June 2019 In announcing the deal, the attorney general’s office made no mention of potential cooperation, saying that Freidman would be required to pay back the money he was charged with pocketing, including $500,000 within 30 days of his plea. Time, "Michael Cohen's Taxi Business Partner Pleads Guilty, Said to Be Cooperating With Investigators," 22 May 2018 The report said an investigation had obtained evidence that Temer pocketed about $300,000 in bribes from construction giant Odebrecht, which is at the heart of a regional corruption scandal. Mauricio Savarese, Fox News, "Brazil's federal police seek charges against President Temer," 5 Sep. 2018 In the indoor-outdoor family room, pocketing doors open to a lawnside lounge with a fireplace. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "NBA’s Moe Harkless signs on the line for fresh Sherman Oaks home," 27 June 2018 If the Trump administration fails to take this opportunity, there is a real risk that Kim will pocket his meeting with the U.S. president as a political win and drag his feet on further steps to halt and roll back his nuclear and missile programs. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "This Is What Trump Needs to Do to Make North Korea Get Rid of Their Nukes," 13 June 2018 Gary Rowett's side could also be tempted to offload Shawcross this summer to free up space on their wage bill as the 30-year-old is pocketing £55,000-a-week on his current deal. SI.com, "West Ham Eager to Snap Up Stoke Captain as Manuel Pellegrini Begins Defensive Overhaul," 6 June 2018 Patrick DeJean, the Marrero justice of the peace charged with pocketing public money, over-garnishing debtors' wages and keeping the excess, now stands accused of obstructing the federal grand jury investigation into his small-claims court. Drew Broach, NOLA.com, "Marrero justice of the peace hid records from grand jury, new indictment alleges," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pocket

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for pocket

Noun

Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch

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pocket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a usually small cloth bag that is sewn into a piece of clothing, a larger bag, etc., and that is open at the top or side so that you can put things into it
: the amount of money that someone has available to spend
: a small bag or container that is attached to something and used to hold things

pocket

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

: to put (something) in a pocket
: to take or keep (something that does not belong to you)
: to earn or win (something, such as money)

pocket

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

: small enough to fit in a pocket
: carried in a pocket

pocket

noun
pock·​et | \ ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Kids Definition of pocket

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small bag sewn into a piece of clothing for carrying small articles
2 : a place or thing that is different from the larger place or thing that it is part of pockets of poverty
3 : a condition of the air that causes an airplane to drop suddenly an air pocket
4 : a bag at the corner or side of a pool table

pocket

verb
pocketed; pocketing

Kids Definition of pocket (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to put something in a pocket
2 : to keep often dishonestly He was tempted to pocket the profits.

pocket

adjective

Kids Definition of pocket (Entry 3 of 3)

: pocket-size a pocket dictionary

pocket

noun
pock·​et | \ ˈpäk-ət How to pronounce pocket (audio) \

Medical Definition of pocket

: a small cavity or space especially : an abnormal cavity formed in diseased tissue a gingival pocket

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