pockets; pocketed; pocketing

A pocket is a kind of pouch that's sewn into your clothes. If you are worried about your ink pen leaking in your shirt pocket, then you might spring for a pocket protector. Nice look!

You can keep things like your keys in a pocket, or you can use your pockets to keep your hands warm. Jackets and jeans have pockets, and so do kangaroos and pool tables. In the case of kangaroos, it's a handy pouch in a mother's belly where she can keep a baby kangaroo warm and comfortable. And when you shoot pool, you aim for the pockets. As a verb, pocket can literally mean "put into your pocket," or more figuratively, "steal money." To be "in someone's pocket" is to be under their control or influence.

Definitions of pocket
  1. noun
    a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
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    breast pocket
    a pocket inside of a man's coat
    hip pocket
    a pocket in rear of trousers
    patch pocket
    a flat pocket sewn to the outside of a garment
    slash pocket
    a pocket in a garment (usually below the waist) to which access is provided by a vertical or diagonal slit in the outside of the garment
    vest pocket
    a small pocket in a man's vest
    fob, watch pocket
    a vest pocket to hold a pocket watch
    type of:
    a small or medium size container for holding or carrying things
  2. noun
    (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)
    synonyms: pouch
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    gastric mill, gizzard, ventriculus
    thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food
    utricle, utriculus
    a small pouch into which the semicircular canals open
    atrial auricle, auricle, auricula atrii
    a small conical pouch projecting from the upper anterior part of each atrium of the heart
    auricula, auricular appendage, auricular appendix
    a pouch projecting from the top front of each atrium of the heart
    cheek pouch
    a membranous pouch inside the mouth of many rodents (as a gopher)
    an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled
    the external pouch that contains the testes
    type of:
    a structure resembling a bag in an animal
  3. noun
    a supply of money
    “they dipped into the taxpayers' pockets
  4. verb
    put in one's pocket
    “He pocketed the change”
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    type of:
    take into one's possession
  5. verb
    take unlawfully
    synonyms: bag
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    take without the owner's consent
  6. noun
    an enclosed space
    “the trapped miners found a pocket of air”
    synonyms: pouch, sac, sack
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    type of:
    cavity, enclosed space
    space that is surrounded by something
  7. noun
    a hollow concave shape made by removing something
    synonyms: scoop
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    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
    a shape that curves or bends inward
  8. noun
    a local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly
    synonyms: air hole, air pocket
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    atmospheric phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
  9. noun
    (bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left
    “the ball hit the pocket and gave him a perfect strike”
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    type of:
    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
  10. noun
    an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck
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    corner pocket
    a pocket at the corner of a billiard table
    side pocket
    a pocket on the side of a billiard table
    type of:
    gap, opening
    an open or empty space in or between things
  11. noun
    a small isolated group of people
    “they were concentrated in pockets inside the city”
    “the battle was won except for cleaning up pockets of resistance”
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    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  12. noun
    a protected area from which a quarterback throws a football
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