pound Definition

  • 1a unit of weight equal to 16 ounces (0.4536 kg)
  • 2the basic monetary unit of the UK, equal to 100 pence
  • 3a place where stray animals are kept until they are claimed by their owners

Using pound: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pound" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The package weighs five pounds.

  • Example

    I need to exchange some dollars for pounds.

  • Example

    The lost dog was taken to the pound.

pound Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pound

Phrases with pound

  • something that is owed or required to be given, often at a great cost


    He demanded his pound of flesh, even though it meant ruining the company.

  • to walk around looking for something, especially a job


    After being laid off, he spent weeks pounding the pavement looking for work.

  • to produce something, such as music or writing, quickly and in large quantities


    She pounded out several articles in one day to meet her deadline.

Origins of pound

from Old English 'pund', meaning 'pound, weight'


Summary: pound in Brief

The term 'pound' [paʊnd] has three main meanings: a unit of weight equal to 16 ounces, the basic monetary unit of the UK, and a place where stray animals are kept. It is used in phrases like 'pound of flesh,' which refers to something owed or required at a great cost, and 'pound the pavement,' which means to look for a job. 'Pound' can also be used as a verb, as in 'pound out,' which means to produce something quickly and in large quantities.

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