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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Elixir of Love' Nov. 15-17 at the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts A peasant relies on a fake potion to make a wealthy landowner, played by Pittsburgh Opera's Ashley Fabian, fall in love with him. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A womanizing scoundrel and a love potion are characters in Indianapolis Opera's new season," 6 June 2019 The play’s popularity is in part because of all the riotous confusion caused by fairies, love potions, aspiring actors, transformations into beasts, and aphrodisiac-crazed young lovers chasing each other in all the wrong combinations. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "It’s the summer of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in SF Bay Area," 4 June 2019 Other ingredients in the potion include hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile extracts. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Glow Recipe Is Launching a Pineapple-Infused Vitamin C Serum, and It's So Good," 31 Mar. 2019 People with albinism are targeted for their body parts, which are sold to be used in potions made by witchdoctors who claim they bring wealth and good luck. Gregory Gondwe, The Seattle Times, "Jobs, corruption top issues as Malawi votes for president," 19 May 2019 After some gentle facial cupping and the application of more potions, my time at 57 Wimpole is done. Catherine Hong, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer's Facialist Reveals Her Secret to Beautiful Skin," 14 Apr. 2019 Permeating your room with purple peace potion, unfortunately, may not displace your anxieties forever. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 Until recently, the collection focused solely on acne-thwarting potions and (satisfying) extraction tools. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Exclusive: Dr. Pimple Popper Launches SLMD Skincare Body Smoothing System for Keratosis Pilaris," 22 Aug. 2018 My morning beauty-potion ingredients include: bentonite clay. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Entrepreneur Tyler Haney on her Best Beauty Hacks," 5 Oct. 2018

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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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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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