potion

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every night is ghoul’s night this October, so mix up a potion of your own with a festive drink. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "13 Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year," 17 Oct. 2020 In the Middle Ages, aconite was one of the ingredients in a potion used by witches to give them the feeling of flying. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 If that theory is true, Christina is probably doing all of this work to use the potion to pose as William. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Lovecraft Country Episode 5 Recap: The Horror Of William, Explained," 14 Sep. 2020 In a crisis, nostalgia-food is like a bewitching potion when picked up at our local, long-standing places. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Founder of nostalgic East Dallas pizza joint dies at 81," 8 Sep. 2020 Doctors told reporters that ingesting the bleach-like substance was akin to drinking poison that could cause major organ failure, and major media outlets regularly highlighted problems caused by the potion. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "'You have no authority over us': Church leader, sons jailed for insisting chemical's power to heal trumps laws of the state," 5 Sep. 2020 Luckily, Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween lineup is here to soothe your quarantine horrors with a magical potion rife with seasonal cinematic greatness. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Freeform's 31 Nights of Halloween lineup to soothe quarantine horrors with Hocus Pocus," 1 Sep. 2020 First, Indonesia’s agriculture minister promoted wearing a necklace containing a eucalyptus potion to cure the coronavirus. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "In Indonesia, False Virus Cures Pushed by Those Who Should Know Better," 31 July 2020 Asterix is indomitable, however, because his druid friend Getafix gives him a special potion to drink. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Asterix Comes to America," 16 June 2020

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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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The first known use of potion was in the 14th century

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20 Oct 2020

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“Potion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potion. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for potion

potion

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How to pronounce potion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of potion

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

potion

noun
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

potion

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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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