Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pound”

pound

noun [C] uk   /paʊnd/ us  

pound noun [C] (MONEY)

A2 (symbol £) the standard unit of money used in the UK and some other countries: a one-pound/two-pound coin There are one hundred pence in a pound. They stole jewellery valued at £50,000 (= 50,000 pounds). "Do you have any change?" "Sorry, I only have a five-pound note. the pound (symbol £) the value of the UK pound, used in comparing the values of different types of money from around the world: The devaluation of the pound will make British goods more competitive abroad. On the foreign exchanges the pound rose two cents against the dollar to $1.52.

pound noun [C] (WEIGHT)

B2 (written abbreviation lb) a unit for measuring weight: One pound is approximately equal to 454 grams. One kilogram is roughly the same as 2.2 lbs. There are 16 ounces in one pound. Ann's baby weighed eight and a half pounds at birth.

pound

verb [I or T] uk   /paʊnd/ us  
B2 to hit or beat repeatedly with a lot of force, or to crush something by hitting it repeatedly: I could feel my heart pounding as I went on stage to collect the prize. Nearly 50 people are still missing after the storm pounded the coast. The city was pounded to rubble during the war. He pounded on the door demanding to be let in. She was pounding away on her typewriter until four in the morning.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of pound from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pound?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pound” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More