Definition of pop verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːp//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pop
    BrE BrE//pɒp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːp//
    he / she / it pops
    BrE BrE//pɒpz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːpz//
    past simple popped
    BrE BrE//pɒpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːpt//
    past participle popped
    BrE BrE//pɒpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːpt//
    -ing form popping
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpɪŋ//
    Surprise, Medication
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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/somebody + adv./prep. (informal, especially British English) to put something/somebody somewhere quickly, suddenly or for a short time He popped his head around the door and said hello. I'll pop the books in (= deliver them) on my way home. Pop your bag on here.
  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 dialog box pops up every time I try to close the browser.
  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. See related entries: Surprise
  13. take drugs
  14. 8[transitive] pop something (informal) to take a lot of a drug, regularly She's been popping pills for months. See related entries: Medication
  15. 9[transitive] pop the hood (North American English) to open the hood / bonnet of a car
  16. Word Originverb late Middle English (in the senses ‘a blow, knock’ and ‘to strike’): imitative.Extra examples A strange thought popped into my head. He’s just popped out of the office for a few minutes. I’ll pop round and see you later. I’m just popping down to the shops. She popped her head around the door to see how we were. A number of small objects suddenly popped into view. A small jazz band had popped out of nowhere. Crabs occasionally pop out of holes in the sand. He popped the cork on the champagne bottle. I’ll pop the books in on my way home. The window opened and a head popped out. The yellow flowers were popping up all over the garden. When you send a fax, a dialog box pops up on the screen.Idioms (British English, humorous) to die (informal) to ask somebody to marry you Phrasal Verbspop offpop somethingon
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