Definition of potion in English:



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

    ‘a healing potion’
    • ‘On the bedside table is the paraphernalia of sickness: the pills and the potions, syringes, lubricants and swabs.’
    • ‘As if they'll somehow be the magical potions that'll finally make me better again!’
    • ‘When no-one could explain why someone had a disease, spells and magical potions were used to drive out the spirits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was busy looking through her cabinets at all sorts of magic healing potions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He unpacked enough magical stuff to start making potions and balms for healing again.’
    • ‘They drank and drank those potions and elixirs that put out the fires or started them.’
    • ‘Money would be spent on improving our health instead of paying for more pills, potions and hospital beds.’
    • ‘Another drinks magical potions and teleports from rooftop to rooftop.’
    • ‘They need constant care and protection, vitamin pills, potions against possible diseases, and so on.’
    • ‘Like a sorcerer addicted to making magical potions, Li changed the formula again and again.’
    • ‘While brewing the potion, he would sing appropriate songs and blow into the mixture through a tube.’
    • ‘Some belief also existed in different types of witchcraft and magic potions for healing.’
    • ‘I am the wise old man of this place, and these people are forever desperate for advice and healing potions.’
    • ‘It is true that we later found no evidence of potions or magical weapons in her lair.’
    • ‘Although you can find or buy healing potions, they are expensive and lack potency.’
    • ‘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.’
    concoction, mixture, brew, elixir, philtre, drink, decoction
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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin potio(n-) ‘drink, poisonous draught’, related to potare ‘to drink’.