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 renowned human rights attorney wore a navy blue one-shoulder jumpsuit by Stella McCartney that featured a black textured belt, pleated detailing, and pockets (!). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Just Wore the Coolest One-Shoulder Jumpsuit on the Red Carpet," 14 Mar. 2019 According to the Mayo Clinic, even a minor staph infection can lead to boils (unpleasant pockets of pus that pop up on hair follicles or oil glands) or painful rashes that can manifest as weepy blisters or red, painful swelling. Korin Miller, SELF, "Um, Do You Actually Need to Wash Your Feet?," 14 Mar. 2019 For hanging style, your options are ring top, rod pocket, grommet, or pleated, and the grommet and pleated styles cost more per panel. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Company Makes Custom Curtains and Shades Starting at Just $65," 14 Feb. 2019 Williams, a Google employee turned philosopher, is writing about the threat posed by the smartphones in our pockets, the screens glowing before our eyes. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 There are water bottle pockets, inner and exterior zip compartments, multiple straps and handles, and on one bag, even clips to attach a yoga mat. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Teams Up With Accessories Brand Caboodles to Help People Get Organized," 10 Oct. 2018 Door storage pockets, upgraded bumpers, and a 125-watt solar panel on a custom aluminum rack rounds out the amenities. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van offers a cool oasis for two," 4 Oct. 2018 The weeks-long battle for the rebels’ southwestern pocket, once deemed by the Trump administration as worthy of U.S. protection, killed hundreds of civilians and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Winovich stones his man at the point of attack, collapsing the pocket by himself, before Gary runs all the way down the tackle box to make a sack. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense is championship caliber," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Direct mailings published by Conservative Alliance PAC also included claimed Householder was under federal investigation for taking kickbacks and illegally pocketing campaign contributions. Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati.com, "In ‘fraud,’ Ohio ads run in CPAC chair's name. Householder's suit says the ads are lies.," 19 Apr. 2018 Those 55 and older can pocket up to $50 a month on Go Unlimited plans, which includes unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Verizon offers new 55 Plus plan for seniors with up to $50 in monthly savings | Doreen's Deals," 9 Mar. 2018 Funding Circle says its investors have pocketed an average annual net return of 6.4 percent since the company’s inception in 2010. Edward Robinson, Bloomberg.com, "Funding Circle Picks Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley for IPO," 11 Mar. 2018 Many of the region's wineries are to the west or pocketed near Geneva to the east. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Lina Wines emphasizes sweet wine, set to expand to Slavic Village (video)," 24 Jan. 2018 Despite decades of data showing that colleges were simply pocketing the new subsidies by raising prices on students, many politicians have been unable to resist the urge to send more money to campus. James Freeman, WSJ, "Remember When Politicians Promised to Make College Affordable?," 17 Jan. 2019 Disgraced newsman Matt Lauer officially has the Upper East Side apartment where he was fired from NBC off his hands, pocketing $650,000 above the asking price in the process. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Matt Lauer sells Upper East Side apartment for $650,000 above asking price," 22 Sep. 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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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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