pocket

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noun

pock·​et ˈpä-kət How to pronounce pocket (audio)
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
6
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 noun

pocket

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verb

pocketed; pocketing; pockets

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 adjective

pocket

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adjective

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
Phrases
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

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. a zippered pocket on the front of a 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The bullet apparently was slowed by a copy of Roosevelt’s speech in his jacket pocket, preventing it from going further into his chest and damaging vital organs. Ted Johnson, Deadline, 13 July 2024 When Kidwell was killed, prosecutors said, investigators found a women’s crisis center pamphlet in her back pocket. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 13 July 2024
Verb
In February 2023, the accusations caught up to Kirchner, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charging him for fraudulently selling more than $67 million in securities, while illegally pocketing $28 million for himself. Glenn Taylor, Sourcing Journal, 12 July 2024 The supermodel competed in a few cutting horse events earlier this year, pocketing over $13,000 in winnings. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 July 2024
Adjective
The Vault by Vans x Nicole McLaughlin Collection includes special-edition versions of the iconic Vans Slip-On VP VR3 LX with adaptations—think canvas pockets and easy-carry heel straps—inspired by a classic multi-pocket garden tote and workwear bucket bag often used on construction job sites. Hollyanna McCollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Mar. 2023 No multi-pocket backpacks or bags. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 11 July 2022 See all Example Sentences for pocket 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of pocket was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pocket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocket. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pocket

1 of 3 noun
pock·​et ˈpäk-ət How to pronounce pocket (audio)
1
a
: a small bag carried by a person : purse
b
: a small bag open at the top or side inserted in a garment
coat pocket
2
: supply of money : means
3
: container
especially : a bag at the corner or side of a billiard table
4
: something like a pocket
a pocket of gold in a mine
5

pocket

2 of 3 verb
1
a
: to put or enclose in a pocket
pocketed the change
b
: to take for one's own use especially dishonestly
pocket the profits
2
: to set aside : suppress
pocketed my anger
3
: to supply with pockets

pocket

3 of 3 adjective
1
a
: small enough to fit in the pocket
b
: smaller than the usual size
a pocket park
2
: carried in or paid from one's pocket
pocket expenses

Medical Definition

pocket

noun
pock·​et ˈpäk-ət How to pronounce pocket (audio)
: a small cavity or space
especially : an abnormal cavity formed in diseased tissue
a gingival pocket

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