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verb pop pronunciation in British English /pɒp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepopping
past tensepopped
past participlepopped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] 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
    1. a.
      if something such as a balloon pops, or if you pop it, it bursts and makes a sudden loud noise
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to go somewhere quickly or for a short time
    pop in/into/round/over/out/down:

    I’m just popping round to Mary’s to borrow 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/round/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. 4
    [intransitive] if your ears pop, you feel a sudden change of pressure in them. This often happens when you are going up or down very quickly, for example in a plane.
  5. 5
    [transitive] informal if you pop pills, you take them too often
  6. 6
    [intransitive] informal if your eyes pop, they open very wide in surprise or excitement
  7. 7
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to shoot a gun
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