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Meaning of “pop” in the English Dictionary

"pop" in British English

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popnoun

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/
  • pop noun (MUSIC)

A2 [U] (formal popular music) modernpopularmusic, usually with a ​strongbeat, ​created with ​electrical or ​electronicequipment, 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 ​songreached No. 32 in the pop charts. She ​wants to be a pop singer/​star like ​Lady Gaga.

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  • pop noun (FATHER)

mainly US informal a ​father: [as form of address] Hey Pop, can I do anything to ​help?
  • 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.
  • pop noun (OCCASION/OBJECT)

[C usually singular] US informal each ​particularoccasion or ​object in a ​series: She gives ​lectures and gets ​paid $5,000 a pop.
Idioms

popverb

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/ (-pp-)
  • pop verb (GO)

B2 [I + adv/prep] mainly UK informal to go to a ​particularplace: 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?

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  • pop verb (SOUND)

C2 [I or T] to (​cause something to) make a ​shortexplosivesound, often by ​breaking something: The ​kids were popping all the ​birthdayballoons. The ​musicplayed and ​champagnecorks popped. [I] If ​yourears pop, you ​experience a ​strangenoise and ​feeling in ​yourears as a ​result of a ​suddenchange in ​airpressure: My ​ears always pop as the ​plane comes in to ​land.
  • 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/around the ​door and said "Lunchtime!" Pop ​yourshoes on and let's go.pop pills informal to take ​pillsregularly, ​especiallyonescontaining an ​illegaldrug: A ​decade of ​heavydrinking and popping ​pillsruined her ​health.
Phrasal verbs

popadjective [before noun]

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/

pop.

uk   /pɒp/  us   /pɑːp/
(Definition of pop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pop" in American English

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popverb

 us   /pɑp/ (-pp-)
  • pop verb (SOUND)

[I/T] to make a ​short little ​explosivesound, often by ​bursting something, or to ​cause this to ​happen: [T] The ​kids were popping all the ​birthdayballoons.
  • pop verb (MOVE)

[I always + adv/prep] to move or ​appearquickly, ​suddenly, or when not ​expected: McEnroe ​hits it and the ​ball pops over his ​shoulder. There are ​lots of good ​youngplayers popping up these ​days.
Idioms

popadjective [not gradable]

 us   /pɑp/
of or for the ​generalpublic: pop ​art pop ​culture pop ​music

popnoun

 us   /pɑp/
  • pop noun (FATHER)

[C] infml a ​father: Hey Pop, can I ​borrow the ​car?
  • pop noun (DRINK)

[C/U] regional US (dated soda pop) a ​softdrink

pop.noun [U]

abbreviation forpopulation (= the ​number of ​peopleliving in a ​place): Devil’s Lake, N.D. (​pop. 7442)
(Definition of pop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"POP" in Business English

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POPnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   us  
COMMERCE, MARKETING abbreviation for point of purchase
(Definition of POP from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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