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verb pop pronunciation in American English /pɑp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepopping
past tensepopped
past participlepopped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something such as a balloon pops, or if you pop it, it bursts and makes a sudden loud noise
    1. a.
      if a cork pops, or if you pop it, it makes a sudden noise like a small explosion when it comes out of a bottle
      He popped the cork and poured two glasses of wine.
      Champagne corks were popping.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to go somewhere quickly or for a short time
    pop in/into/over/out/down: I’m just popping down to the store to get some milk.
    He kept popping in and out, asking all kinds of questions.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something quickly to a particular position
      pop something in/into/on/over something: She picked a berry and popped it into her mouth.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if you pop corn, or if it pops, you heat dried grains of corn until they burst
  4. 6
    [transitive] informal to hit someone
    She popped him right between the eyes.
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  5. 7
    [intransitive] informal if your eyes pop, they open very wide in surprise or excitement
  6. 8
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to shoot a gun
    He popped off a couple of shots to scare away the bear.
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