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 In some cases, he was rushed and had to improvise running out of the pocket. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: It took a while, but a lot to like in first victory of season," 16 Sep. 2019 On the very next play, DeVito was again flushed out of the pocket because of shoddy pass protection, but instead of throwing the ball out of bounds, he was picked off by Mario Goodrich. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Clemson's Easy Win Over Syracuse Displays Massive Gap Between Tigers and Rest of ACC," 14 Sep. 2019 Tennessee will be missing starting right guard Kevin Pamphile for the second consecutive week, and Denico Autry, Margus Hunt and the rest need to collapse the front of the pocket. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 13 things to watch in Colts vs. Titans game," 14 Sep. 2019 Kelce, though, was used all over the field, particularly when Mahomes scrambled out of the pocket to extend plays. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Tall order: Raiders need an answer for Chiefs’ Travis Kelce," 13 Sep. 2019 But in measuring income, the SPM subtracts from income the spending that is deemed mandatory: out-of-pocket medical expenses; work expenses; child support; and federal payroll and income taxes. Robert Samuelson, Twin Cities, "Robert Samuelson: Will the real poverty rate please stand up?," 12 Sep. 2019 The benefit, says the Vermont Independent, is that out-of-pocket medical expenses would go down. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "If Joe Biden’s campaign implodes, Michael Bennet is ready," 10 Sep. 2019 The paper says that medical bills such as co-pays or out-of-pocket drug costs, and medical travel expenses were cited among the most pressing financial needs. Amir Vera, CNN, "The average crowdfunding campaign for cancer care asks for $10,000 -- but only gets about $2,000," 9 Sep. 2019 Alabama had to roll Tagovailoa out of the pocket after the first-down run from the 1 was stuffed at the line. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "AL.com instant analysis: Alabama trips early, overwhelms Duke later," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Marshall signed a one-year contract worth a maximum of $1.1 million and will pocket a $350,000 signing bonus for his time with the Raiders. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ LB Brandon Marshall says he’s out," 30 Aug. 2019 In the typical ride, Uber collects a fare from the rider, pays out a portion of it to the driver, and pockets the rest. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "Analysts expect Uber Eats to lose money on every order for at least the next five years," 23 Aug. 2019 Garner, who hooked her big fish Sunday at Tonsina Creek, pocketed $5,000, and Goodwin, who hooked his Monday at Pilot Rock, collected $2,500. Anchorage Daily News, "Close call decides 64th annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby," 19 Aug. 2019 According to a news release from the office of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Robling's company conducted estate and moving sales for clients but pocketed the proceeds. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Owner of Ferndale estate sale company owner to repay clients $77,523," 13 Aug. 2019 The normal bread and butter of a financial adviser to a billionaire is to invest in all sorts of securities and assets, as well as hedge funds and private equity firms, pocketing a fee derived from any profits. Emily Steel, New York Times, "How Jeffrey Epstein Used the Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret for Wealth and Women," 25 July 2019 And while Atleti pocketed €120m from Griezmann's sale and reinvested the cash into the signings of Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente and Kieran Trippier among others, there is reason to be worried ahead of this new campaign in the Champions League. SI.com, "Worrying Stat Shows How Crucial Antoine Griezmann Was for Atletico Madrid in Champions League," 11 Sep. 2019 And then there was Bassitt, pocketing a career-high 11 strikeouts in six strong innings. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "A’s roll to victory, but Laureano leaves with cramp in troublesome leg," 7 Sep. 2019 The Cup boasts a prize purse of around $894,000, while the Sprint winner will pocket a share of $626,000. Aly Vance And Ben Church, CNN, "South Korea is fast becoming an unlikely hub for lucrative horse racing," 28 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pocket.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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
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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