To pocket something is to take it without giving it back. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of spending money without actually contributing anything to the cause.

  • He pocketed the candy when he was leaving the store.

  • She pocketed the book when she was leaving the library.

Definition of pocketing


To put (something) into a pocket.


To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.


To take and keep (something, especially money that is not one's own).


To shoplift; to steal.


To put up with; to bear without complaint.


Material used for making pockets for clothing.


A structure resembling a pocket or pouch.

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Example Sentences for pocketing

  • 1

    A lubricant is located in the pocket.

  • 2

    Heavy particulate gathers in the pocket.

  • 3

    Come cavort and disport in pocket

  • 4

    A pocket for the LVAD is formed in the abdominal wall.

  • 5

    Bishop was trained as a pocket watch repairer.

  • 6

    I unknotted the strings in my pocket.

  • 7

    The cords are plaited as a single cord to the pocket.

  • 8

    The grandmother broached a brooch in her pocket.

  • 9

    The outside pocket seemed to undulate beneath it.

  • 10

    The package of the album has a plush pocket.