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poolnoun

 us   /pul/
  • pool noun (LIQUID)

[C] a small area of usually still water, or a small amount of liquid: pools of water in the gutter a pool of blood
[C] A pool is also a swimming pool.
  • pool noun (COLLECTION)

[C] an amount of money or a number of people or things collected together for shared use by several people or organizations: Their profits get plowed back into a pool to pay subscribers’ claims.
[C] A pool is also the total amount of money risked by people on the result of a card game or sports event: an office Super Bowl pool
  • pool noun (GAME)

[U] a game played by two or more people in which a cue (= long, round stick) is used to hit a white ball against other balls in order to roll them into one of six holes around the edge of a special table: a pool table

poolverb [T]

 us   /pul/
to combine your money with money from a number of other people for shared use: The kids pooled their money to buy their parents plane tickets.
(Definition of pool from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"pool" in British English

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poolnoun

uk   /puːl/  us   /puːl/
  • pool noun (LIQUID)

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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 game
[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?
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 games correctly and win a lot of money: They do the pools every week.
  • 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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poolverb [T]

uk   /puːl/  us   /puːl/
(Definition of pool from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pool" in Business English

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poolnoun

uk   us   /puːl/
a quantity of a particular thing or money that is collected and used by different people or organizations: You can buy shares directly via a stockbroker or invest in a pool of shares run by a professional fund manager. You can use a car from the car pool for your trip.
WORKPLACE, HR a number of people who are available to work when needed: We are creating a pool of workers who are willing and able to fill such positions. Many companies are considering outsourcing some of their operations in order to tap into a cheaper pool of labour.
INSURANCE a group of insurance companies that work together to provide insurance for something that a single insurance company cannot provide insurance for alone: a high-risk insurance pool

poolverb [T]

uk   us   /puːl/
to share something such as money, information, etc. so that it can be used by several different people or groups: The countries agreed to pool resources for defence purposes. They pool money from thousands of different investors and put it into a wide range of companies. pool experience/knowledge/talents
(Definition of pool from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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