Definition of potion in English:


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  • A liquid with healing, magical, or poisonous properties.

    ‘a healing potion’
    • ‘Another drinks magical potions and teleports from rooftop to rooftop.’
    • ‘He unpacked enough magical stuff to start making potions and balms for healing again.’
    • ‘Like a sorcerer addicted to making magical potions, Li changed the formula again and again.’
    • ‘It is true that we later found no evidence of potions or magical weapons in her lair.’
    • ‘I am the wise old man of this place, and these people are forever desperate for advice and healing potions.’
    • ‘Some belief also existed in different types of witchcraft and magic potions for healing.’
    • ‘Although you can find or buy healing potions, they are expensive and lack potency.’
    • ‘She was busy looking through her cabinets at all sorts of magic healing potions.’
    • ‘When no-one could explain why someone had a disease, spells and magical potions were used to drive out the spirits.’
    • ‘They drank and drank those potions and elixirs that put out the fires or started them.’
    • ‘As if they'll somehow be the magical potions that'll finally make me better again!’
    • ‘The cavity can also be used to prepare medicinal potions for the client to drink.’
    • ‘The fact that the lovers do not know that they are drinking a love potion makes the potion truly magic, for they fall in love when they have drunk it.’
    • ‘On the bedside table is the paraphernalia of sickness: the pills and the potions, syringes, lubricants and swabs.’
    • ‘In times past, all kinds of potions, powders and pills were sold here.’
    • ‘As more and more of us live longer, and become more affluent, the race for new pills and potions to combat the effects of ageing is speeding up.’
    • ‘Money would be spent on improving our health instead of paying for more pills, potions and hospital beds.’
    • ‘They need constant care and protection, vitamin pills, potions against possible diseases, and so on.’
    • ‘He concocted a remarkable potion which, it was claimed, was so efficacious that many who were ill, even at the point of death, were restored to health.’
    • ‘While brewing the potion, he would sing appropriate songs and blow into the mixture through a tube.’
    concoction, mixture, brew, elixir, philtre, drink, decoction
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/ˈpōSH(ə)n/ /ˈpoʊʃ(ə)n/


Middle English from Old French, from Latin potio(n-) ‘drink, poisonous draft’, related to potare ‘to drink’.