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

Dear Heloise: Why do the people who make ladies pajamas not always attach a pocket on every pair? Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: A drive for school safety," 17 Sep. 2019 In a collapsing pocket, Edwards-Helaire made the saving block to provide Burrow with enough time to find receiver Justin Jefferson, who broke a tackle and jaunted 61 yards for the game-securing touchdown. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "'Out of the Dark Ages': How LSU's Lethal New Spread Attack Was Built," 17 Sep. 2019 On his desk, Snowden kept a pocket U.S. Constitution, propped up against a Rubik’s Cube. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture," 16 Sep. 2019 Details include welt pockets at the front and a pleat in the centreback lining. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's New Smart Works Capsule Collection Just Became Shoppable," 12 Sep. 2019 That could translate to roughly $30 billion more dollars in SpaceX's pocket each year. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX wants to beam internet across the American South by late 2020," 17 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday morning, Pizza Hut announced its latest creation: pizza pocket squares encased in Cheez-It-flavored crust, which take the shape of the iconic cheesy snack. Shay Spence, PEOPLE.com, "Pizza Hut Just Added Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza Pockets to Its Menu," 17 Sep. 2019 Of the five sacks Ohio State recorded against Indiana, almost all of them involved a second player (or more) helping collapse the pocket. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Is Ohio State football’s defense ready for Clemson and Alabama? Buckeye Rewatch," 16 Sep. 2019 Such cash, though, amounted only to a drop in the bucket for Scott's campaign, which spent $82.8 million, including $65 million from the candidate's own pocket. John Kennedy, orlandosentinel.com, "DeSantis raises campaign money, makes appointments," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And while Atleti pocketed €120m from Griezmann's sale and reinvested the cash into the signings of Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente and Kieran Trippier among others, there is reason to be worried ahead of this new campaign in the Champions League. SI.com, "Worrying Stat Shows How Crucial Antoine Griezmann Was for Atletico Madrid in Champions League," 11 Sep. 2019 And then there was Bassitt, pocketing a career-high 11 strikeouts in six strong innings. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s roll to victory, but Laureano leaves with cramp in troublesome leg," 7 Sep. 2019 The Cup boasts a prize purse of around $894,000, while the Sprint winner will pocket a share of $626,000. Aly Vance And Ben Church, CNN, "South Korea is fast becoming an unlikely hub for lucrative horse racing," 28 Aug. 2019 During the ensuing patdown, police found in the woman’s pants pocket a small, clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be cocaine. cleveland.com, "Girl arrested for shooting brother several times with BB gun: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 23 Aug. 2019 Defense attorney Brandon Taylor pressed Veney on why the detective pocketed two cellphones from Jones’ body and failed to submit them as evidence for 11 months. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Defense links weapon in Keith Davis Jr. murder trial to local gun shop popular among cops," 25 July 2019 Moreover, Obama lined Iran’s pockets with $1.7 billion in cash and other curious money transfers that could easily be diverted to the regime’s support for international terrorism. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "For Regime Change in Iran," 29 June 2019 The case focused largely on Reed’s spending of campaign money and his pocketing of money from St. Tammany Parish Hospital for legal services when that money should have gone to the district attorney’s office. Robert Rhoden, nola.com, "U.S. Supreme Court won’t review Walter Reed’s convictions," 26 June 2019 The flight’s pilots will get over $1400 each from the fine, while every passenger on board will pocket $360, according to the verdict. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Indian air passenger jailed for life over hijacking hoax," 12 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for pocket

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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