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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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 The set includes house banners, a movable spiral staircase, a potions room and more, as well as 10 minifigs from the beloved series. Rachel Siegel, The Seattle Times, "Hottest toys for Christmas (unicorn poop included)," 28 Nov. 2018 While there's no potion that can magically make zits disappear over night — yet — the beauty industry is getting closer and closer with its powerful selection of spot treatments. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Best Acne Spot Treatments, According to Dermatologists," 24 Oct. 2018 With Atlantic Ocean, Swift took on the role of mad scientist, blending various potions to see what fit. Will Schube, Billboard, "Richard Swift, Prolific Songwriter and Producer, Spent Life Searching for Perfect Sounds," 4 July 2018 One corner housed vintage Hermès Birkin bags, while another featured a treasure trove of beauty serums and potions. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Celebrates Goop Lab’s New York Arrival," 15 Nov. 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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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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