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

The highlight might have been an 11-on-11 play in which Haener was pressured out of the pocket, rolled to his left, stalled for time along the sideline and then found tight end Hunter Bryant over the middle for a significant gain. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Observations from the UW Huskies’ sixth practice of spring football," 12 Apr. 2019 Unlike earlier versions, which were much larger, the D3S fits in your pocket. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Device Can Detect Nuclear Armageddon," 25 Apr. 2019 There's officially no need to keep matches in your pocket for this latest internet hoax. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "That Viral Photo of a “Tick Nest” Is a Hoax, According to an Entomologist," 18 Apr. 2019 And of course, now that everyone has a camera in their pocket at all times, royal fans are known to camp out outside the hospital, hoping to capture their own photos of the special day. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Not Pose for Hospital Photos With Their Newborn Baby," 4 Apr. 2019 With the sun illuminating your house of personal resources, impulse buys are kind of your thing and your money is burning a hole in your pocket. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 That theoretically allows your PC to launch apps remotely, use messaging apps like WhatsApp, or perform other functions, all with your phone in your pocket. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Android phone mirroring arrives in new Windows 10 preview build 18356," 13 Mar. 2019 What follows is a tense, wonderful mystery — one that now fits in your pocket. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 8 best games for your new iPhone, iPad, or Android phone," 26 Dec. 2018 After an hour or so, so many clients were jostling to put their hands in their pockets and buy the pieces there and then that company reps had to introduce a reservation system. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In Milan, Dolce & Gabbana Go Fatto a Mano," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 In some counties, a pattern of questionable behavior has emerged among sheriffs who have pocketed the excess feeding money. John Sharp, AL.com, "Dietary needs unmet in some Alabama jails as concerns mount on use of sheriff food accounts," 25 Mar. 2018 Clay Tryan, a three-time world champion, and Jake Long came in second with a 38.51 and each man pocketed $3,850. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "'It’s like a hometown rodeo for me.' Ponder product enjoys success at 45th Ryon Roping | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 Drugmakers offer them as enticement for PBMs to include certain drugs in insurers’ benefits, but have lately been accusing PBMs of pocketing the rebates instead of passing the savings on to consumers. Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Here's what to expect from Trump's speech on drug prices," 11 May 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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