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Definition of pot

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a usually rounded metal or earthen container used chiefly for domestic purposes (as in cooking or for holding liquids or growing plants) also : any of various technical or industrial vessels or enclosures resembling or likened to a household pot the pot of a still
b : potful a pot of coffee
2 : an enclosed framework of wire, wood, or wicker for catching fish or lobsters
3a : a large amount (as of money)
b(1) : the total of the bets at stake at one time
(2) : one round in a poker game
c : the common fund of a group
6 : ruin gone to pot
7 British : a shot in snooker in which a ball is pocketed
8 : a vessel for urination and defecation: such as
b : potty


potted; potting

Definition of pot (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to place in a pot
b : to pack or preserve (something, such as cooked and chopped meat) in a sealed pot, jar, or can often with aspic
2 : to shoot with a potshot
3 : to make or shape (earthenware) as a potter
4 : to embed (something, such as electronic components) in a container with an insulating or protective material (such as plastic)

intransitive verb

: to take a potshot

Definition of pot (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of pot (Entry 4 of 4)

1 potential
2 potentiometer

Examples of pot in a Sentence

Verb She spent the afternoon potting tulip bulbs.

First Known Use of pot

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pot

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English pott; akin to Middle Low German pot pot

Noun (2)

perhaps modification of Mexican Spanish potiguaya

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The first known use of pot was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pot. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pot

: to plant (something) in a pot
British : to shoot (a ball) into a pocket in games like snooker and pool
British : to shoot and kill (an animal)


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Kids Definition of pot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a deep usually rounded container a cooking pot a clay flower pot
2 : the amount a pot will hold a pot of soup


potted; potting

Kids Definition of pot (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put or pack in a pot I'm potting up begonias.


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Medical Definition of pot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually rounded container



Medical Definition of pot (Entry 2 of 2)

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