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 pocket (audio) \ noun

Verb

pocketable \ ˈpä-​kə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce pocket (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 Moreover, the clinic is said to have taken several different insurances, but for those under plans that were not accepted, the cost was $150 out-of-pocket. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Cuomo threatens to hold those who got coronavirus vaccine out of turn criminally liable," 30 Dec. 2020 Those living in Boston likely pay around $540 per month for health care, according to federal data, leaving a little extra left over from the stimulus check for extra items such as over-the-counter medicine or out-of-pocket fees. Anissa Gardizy, BostonGlobe.com, "What can you buy with a $600 stimulus check in Boston?," 29 Dec. 2020 Growing expense of specialty, cancer medicines Nearly 70% of seniors want Congress to pass an annual limit on out-of-pocket drug spending for Medicare beneficiaries, according to a KFF survey last year. Harris Meyer, Fortune, "Seniors face steep drug costs as Congress stalls on capping Medicare out-of-pockets," 28 Dec. 2020 However, all three cards have trip delay insurance, which covers out-of-pocket expenses incurred when a flight is delayed. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "Green, Gold, Platinum: What’s the difference between American Express cards?," 22 Dec. 2020 Out of pocket, IUI would be $600, with insurance covering some of it. refinery29.com, "We Adopted Our Daughter 8 Years After An Unexplained Infertility Diagnosis," 22 Dec. 2020 One requirement: that candidates not pay themselves or any family members, except for reimbursing themselves for out-of-pocket campaign expenditures. Washington Post, "In first D.C. election with public financing, candidates and donors bumped up against rules," 15 Dec. 2020 Many consumers are eligible for financial assistance, which reduces the cost of monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs, said Joshua Peck, co-founder of national advocacy group Get America Covered. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Time running out to sign up for ACA health care plans," 14 Dec. 2020 People covered by Medicare pay only 20% of drug costs, with more than 94% having supplemental insurance or Medicaid to cover out-of-pocket obligations. Ted Okon, STAT, "Trump’s ‘most favored nations’ experiment undermines care for millions covered by Medicare," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Dalton and the Cowboys succeed in making the postseason, Dalton could pocket a cool $1 million bonus based on playing time. Dallas News, "Andy Dalton in line for $1 million bonus if Cowboys make the playoffs," 31 Dec. 2020 That means Foles is highly unlikely to pocket an extra $500,000 for this season, which would be applied to the 2021 salary cap, and his base salary will remain $4 million for next year as opposed to bumping up to $4.5 million. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "The Chicago Bears won again — and now a huge game with the Green Bay Packers is next. Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts after their 41-17 victory in Week 16.," 28 Dec. 2020 Her absence may have given Canto more opportunity to pocket the items, as less security was present. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Servant Pleads Guilty to Stealing Items Worth Over $100,000 From the Royal Family," 1 Dec. 2020 The other side wanted to pocket its gains while dissembling, diverting from, or otherwise undermining the spirit of diplomacy. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "There’s No Reason for Biden to Reward Iran," 19 Dec. 2020 California’s budget watchdog said the state was poised to pocket a windfall of some $26 billion. Amanda Albright, Bloomberg.com, "Rich States Uncover Tax Windfall, Undercutting Push for More Aid," 15 Dec. 2020 But that has left their stocks so cheap that if their profits rebound, investors could pocket substantial returns. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The 21 best stocks to buy for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 But developers may also simply pocket the extra money. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "Behind the Apple Versus Fortnite App Store Battle," 28 Sep. 2020 The pair allegedly expected to pocket $275 million from the elaborate scheme, according to the statement. Alison Medley, Chron, "Houston men charged in alleged plot to bilk foreign government out of $317M for phony N95 masks," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for pocket

Time Traveler

The first known use of pocket was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Pocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for pocket

pocket

noun
How to pronounce pocket (audio)

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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