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

Mankiewicz received pocket squares, which have long been part of his on-air wardrobe. Stephen Battaglio, Detroit Free Press, "The verdict is in: Viewers can't get enough true-crime stories from NBC's ‘Dateline’," 14 July 2019 There'll be a special edition Pokemon Sword and Shield Lite as well, for fans of the world's most beloved pocket monsters. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?," 14 July 2019 While searching the suspect, police recovered three candy bars from a pocket. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Suspect’s dog leads to his arrest for shoplifting candy: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 13 July 2019 If Sweeney’s wallet is growing thin, the one in Dubas’s back pocket is down to about the width of a credit card. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo next on Bruins’ list," 13 July 2019 In a crime that might seem a relic from an earlier era, robbers used teamwork Saturday afternoon to pick a man’s pocket near Capitol Hill, according to D.C. police. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Pickpocket team takes wallet near Union Station, D.C. police say," 13 July 2019 Tagovailoa checks every box for NFL evaluators, sporting a rocket arm and twitchy mobility within the pocket. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Identifying the Best 2020 NFL Draft Prospect at Each Position," 12 July 2019 But the promotion may benefit parents' pockets: New York law requires all bicyclists under 14 to wear a helmet, and guardians can be fined if their children don't comply. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Kids who wear bike helmets in one New York county are getting tickets -- with a twist," 12 July 2019 Dixon’s 35 years of cheesemaking experience is evident in every bite of the varieties of cheeses produced in their local operation, which also features a pocket-size shop. Michael Mcandrews, courant.com, "Gourmet Road Trip: Vermont’s artisanal foods beckon," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lopez Obrador blamed these problems on corruption among government and private-sector middlemen, who pocketed cash meant to serve children. Luis Gómez Romero, The Conversation, "Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem," 10 July 2019 Money poured into Rwanda after the genocide, both because the need was great and because its government appeared to be more competent than most at spending rather than pocketing it. Karl Vick, Time, "Is Rwanda's Paul Kagame a Strongman, a Technocrat, or Something in Between?," 27 June 2019 Even economists who study incentives expect people to pocket the cash. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "“Missing” Wallets with More Cash Are More Likely to Be Returned," 20 June 2019 Just the right amount of tone-setting, even for a team that just pocketed two more series victories and owns the franchise’s best record at this point since 2010. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: No matter pain of Cardinals loss, Padres remain interesting and in it," 30 June 2019 Over the 2019 season he's pocketed just one top 10 and seven top 25 finishes yet played well enough to remain at the No. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Masters champion Patrick Reed bolts up leaderboard at Rocket Mortgage Classic," 29 June 2019 Instead of registering the computers with the U’s IT department, McDaniel sold them and pocketed the proceeds, the charges said. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Former UMN employee pleads guilty to stealing university computers," 27 June 2019 The left back has very few weaknesses and stole the show in Turkey's recent 2-0 victory over France after pocketing Kylian Mbappe. SI.com, "Turkish Super Lig: 6 Players Who Could Play in the Premier League & Which Clubs They Would Suit," 27 June 2019 Chelsey Lewis and Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Milwaukee Airbnb hosts will pocket more than a half-million dollars during Summerfest this year. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019 is the biggest two weeks for Milwaukee Airbnb rentals ever," 25 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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