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pop

noun uk   /pɒp/ us    /pɑːp/

pop noun (MUSIC)

A2 [U] (formal popular music) modern popular music, usually with a strong beat, created with electrical or electronic equipment, and easy to listen to and remember: pop music a pop concert/song What do you want to listen to - jazz, classical or pop? The song reached No. 32 in the pop charts. She wants to be a pop singer/star like Madonna.Pop, rock and soulTypes of music

pop noun (SOUND)

[C] a short, sharp sound, like something exploding: I heard a pop and the lights went out.Sounds made by objects, movement or impactExploding and erupting

pop noun (FATHER)

mainly US informal a father: [as form of address] Hey Pop, can I do anything to help?Names people call their close relatives

pop noun (DRINK)

[U] old-fashioned informal (US usually soda) a sweet fizzy drink (= with bubbles), usually with a fruit flavour: a bottle of popSoft drinks

pop noun (CRITICISM)

take a pop at sb UK informal to criticize someone, especially in public: She never expected anyone from her own family to take a pop at her.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation

pop noun (OCCASION/OBJECT)

[C usually singular] US informal each particular occasion or object in a series: She gives lectures and gets paid $5,000 a pop.Both, all, each and every
Idioms

pop

verb uk   /pɒp/ us    /pɑːp/ (-pp-)

pop verb (GO)

B2 [I + adv/prep] mainly UK informal to go to a particular place: I've just got to pop into the bank to get some money. Paula popped out for a minute. Would you pop upstairs and see if Grandad is okay? Why don't you pop in/over and see us this afternoon?Visiting

pop verb (SOUND)

C2 [I or T] to (cause something to) make a short explosive sound, often by breaking something: The kids were popping all the birthday balloons. The music played and champagne corks popped.Exploding and eruptingSounds made by objects, movement or impact [I] If your ears pop, you experience a strange noise and feeling in your ears as a result of a sudden change in air pressure: My ears always pop as the plane comes in to land.The ear

pop verb (MOVE)

[I + adv/prep] to move quickly and suddenly, especially from a closed space: When you open the box, a clown pops out.Moving quickly

pop verb (PUT)

[T + adv/prep] informal to put or take something quickly: If you pop the pizza in the oven now, it'll be ready in 15 minutes. He popped his head into the room/round the door and said "Lunchtime!" Pop your shoes on and let's go.Placing and positioning an object pop pills informal to take pills regularly, especially ones containing an illegal drug: A decade of heavy drinking and popping pills ruined her health.Drugs - general wordsSpecific types of drug

pop verb (OPEN)

[T] US to open or release something quickly: The taxi driver said that he stopped immediately and popped the trunk.
Phrasal verbs

pop

adjective [before noun] uk   /pɒp/ us    /pɑːp/
enjoyed by many people and easy to understand: Dario Fo, the famous Italian playwright, is a pop Pirandello. 'Silence of the Lambs' was pop film-making at its best.Liked, or not liked, by many people
(Definition of pop noun, verb, adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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