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pocketnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɒk.ɪt/  us   /ˈpɑː.kɪt/

pocket noun [C] (BAG)

A2 a small bag for carrying things in, made of cloth and sewn into the inside or onto the outside of a piece of clothing: a jacket/trouser/coat pocket a hip/breast pocket She thrust her hands deep in/into her pockets. He took some coins from/out of his pocket.B1 a container, usually made of cloth, that is sewn into or onto a bag or attached to a seat or door in a vehicle: Sarah put her maps in the outside pocket of her rucksack. The safety instructions are in the pocket of the seat in front of you. one of several holes around the edge of a billiard or snooker table, into which balls are hitC2 informal the amount of money that someone has for spending: You need deep pockets (= a lot of money) if you're involved in a long law suit. I paid for my ticket out of my own pocket (= with my own money), but I can claim the cost of it back from my employer.
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pocket noun [C] (GROUP/AREA)

a group, area, or mass of something that is separate and different from what surrounds it: Among the staff there are some pockets of resistance to the planned changes (= some small groups of them are opposed). The pilot said that we were going to encounter a pocket of turbulence (= an area of violently moving air).

pocketverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɒk.ɪt/  us   /ˈpɑː.kɪt/
to put something into your pocket: He carefully pocketed his change. to hit a billiard or snooker ball into a pocket: Davis pocketed the black to win the game. to take something for yourself, especially dishonestly: I'll tell them I sold it for $20, not $25, then I can pocket the rest.

pocketadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈpɒk.ɪt/  us   /ˈpɑː.kɪt/
used to describe something that is small enough to put in your pocket, or that you regularly carry in your pocket: a pocket dictionary a pocket diary a pocket calculator smaller than usual: a pocket battleship
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