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pocket

noun pock·et \ ˈpä-kət \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of pocket

1 a :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

pocketful

play \ˈpä-kət-ˌfu̇l\ noun
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

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

  1. He keeps his gloves in his coat pocket.

  2. She was standing there with her hands in her pockets.

  3. I have a hole in my pocket.

  4. Her pocket was full of change.

  5. There are pockets on the back of each car seat.

  6. The tickets are in the zippered pocket on the front of the suitcase.

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Origin and Etymology of pocket

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


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pocket

verb

Definition of pocket

transitive verb
1 a :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
4 a :to hem in
b :to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table
5 :to cover or supply with pockets

pocketable

play \ˈpä-kə-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

  1. The chairman was fired for pocketing funds.

  2. The saleswoman had overcharged them and pocketed the difference.

  3. a professional golfer who pocketed more than four million dollars in winnings

  4. I had to pocket my pride and ask for some help.

Recent Examples of pocket from the Web

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First Known Use of pocket

1588


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pocket

adjective

Definition of pocket

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

Examples of pocket in a Sentence

  1. his pocket involvement in the company was minimal

First Known Use of pocket

1576

pocket Synonyms

Synonyms
bantam, diminutive, dinky, dwarfish, fine, half-pint, Lilliputian, little, pint-size (or pint-sized), small, pocket-size (also pocket-sized), puny, pygmy, shrimpy, slight, smallish, subnormal, toylike, undersized (also undersize)
Antonyms
big, biggish, considerable, goodly, grand, great, handsome, husky, king-size (or king-sized), large, largish, outsize (also outsized), overscale (or overscaled), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, whacking, whopping
Related Words
dwarf, toy; runtish, runty, scrubby, stunted; bitty, inappreciable, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microscopic (also microscopical), mini, miniature, miniaturized, minikin, minim, minuscule, minute, pinpoint, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee, weeny (also weensy); meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparse, stingy; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; bite-size (also bite-sized), capsule
Near Antonyms
bulky, hefty, hulking, massive, voluminous; boxcar, Brobdingnagian, Bunyanesque, cavernous, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, gross, Himalayan, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, pharaonic, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, titanic, tremendous, vast; abundant, ample, appreciable, bountiful, copious, generous, healthy, liberal, plenteous, plentiful; fat, thick; broad, wide; boundless, cosmic (also cosmical), immeasurable, incalculable, infinite; adequate, enough, sufficient


POCKET Defined for English Language Learners

pocket

noun

Definition of pocket for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pocket for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of pocket for English Language Learners

  • : small enough to fit in a pocket

  • : carried in a pocket


POCKET Defined for Kids

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pocket

noun pock·et \ ˈpä-kət \

Definition of pocket for Students

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

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pocket

verb

Definition of pocket for Students

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

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pocket

adjective

Definition of pocket for Students

:pocket-size
  • a pocket dictionary

Medical Dictionary

pocket

noun pock·et \ ˈpäk-ət \

medical Definition of pocket

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


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