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Definition of pop verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pop
    he / she / it pops
    past simple popped
    -ing form popping
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    make sound
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] pop (something) to make a short explosive sound; to cause something to make this sound the sound of corks popping Flashbulbs were popping all around them.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] pop (something) to burst, or make something burst, with a short explosive sound She jumped as someone popped a balloon behind her.
  3. go quickly
  4. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (informal) to go somewhere quickly, suddenly, or for a short time I'll pop over and see you this evening. Why don't you pop in (= visit us) for a drink next time you're in the area?
  5. put quickly
  6. 4[transitive] pop something + adv./prep. (informal) to put something somewhere quickly, suddenly, or for a short time He popped his head around the door and said hello.
  7. appear suddenly
  8. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. to suddenly appear, especially when not expected The window opened and a dog's head popped out. An idea suddenly popped into his head. (computing) The menu pops up when you click twice on the mouse.
  9. of ears
  10. 6[intransitive] if your ears pop when you are going up or down in a plane, etc., the pressure in them suddenly changes
  11. of eyes
  12. 7[intransitive] if your eyes pop or pop out, they suddenly open fully because you are surprised or excited Her eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw them.
  13. take drugs
  14. 8[transitive] pop something (informal) to take a lot of a drug, regularly She's been popping pills for months.
  15. open hood
  16. 9[transitive] pop the hood to open the hood of a car
  17. Idioms
    pop the question (informal)
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    to ask someone to marry you
    Phrasal Verbspop offpop somethingon
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