po·​tion | \ ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio) \

Definition of potion

: a mixture of liquids (such as liquor or medicine)

Examples of potion in a Sentence

He drank the fatal potion. The hero in the play is given a magic potion so that he will fall in love with the princess.

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Major league teams have a cornucopia of medicines and potions available to players, all vetted to assure compliance with MLB rules. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: ‘Big Mike’ left Twins in the lurch," 11 Sep. 2019 There’s even a working pharmacy that dates to 1422 and doubles as a museum with displays of medieval medical tools and potions. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "Want a charming Nordic city without the corresponding prices? Try Estonia’s Tallinn.," 29 Aug. 2019 Brea switches cups, and Cadia drinks the forgetful potion instead. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," 31 Aug. 2019 Drinking a defective potion takes a French nobleman and his servant from the Middle Ages to 20th-century Chicago. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Xiao long bao were another animal altogether, thin-skinned purses gently swollen with light broth, the amniotic potion in which a small, seasoned serving of meat reposed. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Soup dumplings hit Orlando — here’s where to stab and slurp them," 5 July 2019 Today, the museum's collection has some 15,000 objects ranging from potion ingredients such as dragon's blood, mandrake root and lavender (Harry Potter fans will love it) to a particularly frightening blood-letting device. Patti Nickell, Dallas News, "History comes to life in vibrant Alexandria, Va.," 30 July 2019 At the end of the meal, there’s an amaro cart a staffer will wheel over to your table, stocked with an array of digestion-enhancing potions. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Celebrating simple pleasures at Karen Akunowicz’s restaurant Fox & the Knife," 23 July 2019 At any time, players can post up on the steps of a cathedral to cast spells and drink potions to strengthen their game. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al.com, "Wizards in the Bible Belt: New game poses question of fun versus faith," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of potion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potion

Middle English pocioun, from Anglo-French poisun, pocioun drink, potion, from Latin potion-, potio, from potare to drink — more at potable

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English Language Learners Definition of potion

: a drink that is meant to have a special or magical effect on someone


po·​tion | \ ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio) \

Kids Definition of potion

: a drink that is meant to have a special or magical effect on someone


po·​tion | \ ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio) \

Medical Definition of potion

: a mixed drink (as of liquor) or dose (as of medicine)

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