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pool

noun uk   /puːl/ us  

pool noun (LIQUID)

B2 [C] a small area of usually still water: We looked for crabs in the rock pools along the seashore.Inland waters B2 [C] a small amount of liquid on a surface: a pool of blood/oilfigurative a pool of lightWater in general A2 [C] a swimming pool: I spent most of my holiday lying/sunbathing by the pool.Swimming

pool noun (COLLECTION)

[C] a number of people or a quantity of a particular thing, such as money, collected together for shared use by several people or organizations: Patrick crashed a Ford that he'd borrowed from the car pool at work. As unemployment rises, the pool of cheap labour increases.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixturesGeneral words for amounts of moneyLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money

pool noun (MONEY)

[C] in some card games, an amount of money that is collected from all the players and received by the player who wins the gameActions involved in playing cards [C] US the money risked by a number of people on the result of a game or event: a baseball/football/hockey pool the office pool Who won the pool?General words for amounts of moneyLarge amounts of moneySmall amounts of money the pools [plural] (also football pools) UK a type of gambling in which people risk a small amount of money and try to guess the results of football matches correctly and win a lot of money: They do the pools every week.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risks

pool noun (GAME)

B1 [U] a game in which two people use cues (= long, thin poles) to hit 16 coloured balls into six holes around the edge of a large table covered in soft cloth: a pool table/room/hallmainly US informal Do you want to shoot (= play) some pool?
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Snooker, pool and billiards

pool

verb [T] uk   /puːl/ us  
to collect something such as money in order for it to be used by several different people or groups: Three schools in Putney have pooled their resources/money in order to buy an area of waste ground and turn it into a sports field.Collecting and amassing
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