There are 4 main definitions of pot in English:

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Syllabification: pot
Pronunciation: /pät
 
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noun

1A container, typically rounded or cylindrical and of ceramic ware or metal, used for storage or cooking: clay pots for keeping water cool in summer a cooking pot
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  • She could understand why they would need cooking pots and pans, rope, blankets, even the sword he had taken with him.
  • These paste attributes suggest the multipurpose nature of these vessel forms, used as cooking pots and containers.
  • It had fired jugs, pans, cooking pots and roofing tiles in the 14th century, and similar wares have been found on excavations locally and in adjacent counties.
Synonyms
cooking utensil, pan, saucepan, casserole, stewpot, stockpot, kettle
1 [usually with modifier] Any of various containers made for a particular purpose: a yogurt pot
1.1A container for holding drink, especially beer.
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  • Some of us probably get through several pots of the drink.
  • Secondly, the beer came in plastic pots, so I was gone if I got into a fight with the bouncers.
  • Here you'll sit at long communal tables while waitresses in Bavarian costume serve foaming pots of beer.
1.2The contents of any pot: a pot of coffee
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  • I used to think that absolutely nothing could provide contentment equal to a pot of coffee and a four-pound Sunday newspaper.
  • A pot of tea for Ann and sparkling mineral water for me completed our snack at £8.15.
  • Especially if you accompany it with a pot of Chinese tea - great for the digestion and known to lower cholesterol levels - rather than the usual pint of lager.
2 (the pot) The total sum of the bets made on a round in poker and other card games: Jim raked in the pot
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  • Operators would rather rake the pot than charge per hand, because they can take out more money.
  • The winner of the pot in the poker stage begins the play by leading a card face up in front of them.
  • I decided to just call so as to keep as many as possible in the pot.
Synonyms
2.1All the money contributed by a group of people for a particular purpose: in insurance, everybody puts money into the pot used to pay claims
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  • The councillor said she understood there needed to be money in the pot for works but the fees charged in rural areas were too high for people.
  • If it doesn't look like there'll be enough money in the pot to finance pension commitments, it's the employer who has to top it up.
  • Mr Greenwood said putting the whole strategy into action would cost £40,000 and it was hoped Cumbria County Council would put some money into the pot.
3 informal A potbelly.
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  • As I explained to Shawn, I feel a great amount of back fat, and the lower-slung jeans that I wear make the pot that is my belly especially obvious to me.
  • It's also a very good pattern for anyone who has a bit of a pot, because the crossgrain hangs down straight, and totally diminishes a pot.
4 (the pot) informal A toilet.
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  • Nothing like walking in on someone sitting on the pot.
  • The last thing I want to hear is somebody else's idea of good music while I am sitting on the pot.
  • Anyway, I take off his PJs and diaper and put him on the pot.

verb (pots, potted, potting)

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1Plant in a flowerpot: pot individual cuttings as soon as you see new young leaves
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  • Schizanthus are very slow to germinate, so it's best to purchase plants that are already potted from your garden center.
  • Similarly, other potted flowering plants, including anthuriums and bromeliads, are becoming important.
  • When potting or planting, care must be taken to avoid damaging them.
2chiefly British Preserve (food, especially meat or fish) in a sealed pot or jar: venison can be potted in the same way as tongue
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  • You can also provide food for thought with herbs, potted strawberries and tomatoes.
  • The wife admitted that she and her husband had frequently had potted meat from the shop without ill effects.
  • Fishing for mussels and shrimps was a hobby but potting the fruits of your labours and selling them on was a good way to save up for a new future.
3British Billiards another term for pocket.
4 informal Hit or kill (someone or something) by shooting: he was shot in the eye as neighbors potted clay pigeons
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  • In a productive grouse year, around 350,000 of the birds are potted by shooting parties in the UK, mostly in Scotland, during the August to November season.

Origin

late Old English pott, probably reinforced in Middle English by Old French pot; of unknown ultimate origin (compare with late Latin potus 'drinking cup'). Current senses of the verb date from the early 17th century.

Phrases

for the pot

For food or cooking: hens provided eggs as well as meat for the pot
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  • We had chooks and ducks, and being simple folk we treated some of them as pets, at least in their formative days until they were ready for the pot.
  • The Government has ruled that it is now illegal to shoot a crow, rook or pigeon for the pot without scaring it first.
  • It appears that a good part of the shipment was intended for the pot in North Italian gourmet restaurants, the rest for illegal stuffing - something strictly forbidden in the EU by water-tight legislation.

go to pot

informal Deteriorate through neglect: the foundry was allowed to go to pot in the seventies
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  • My late night writing session went to pot, as it were.
  • New York and Chicago got many great art deco masterpieces, and then architecture went to pot for 30 years.
  • Meanwhile, back in the real world, my O-Level studies went to pot, closely followed by the A-Levels.
Synonyms
deteriorate, decline, degenerate, go to (rack and) ruin, go downhill, go to seed, become run-down
informal go to the dogs, go down the tubes, go haywire

the pot calling the kettle black

Used to convey that the criticisms a person is aiming at someone else could equally well apply to themselves.
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  • To work within the constraints of an international system is a very frustrating experience, but criticisms about its shortcomings are often a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
  • To be fair, my own criticism is an example of the pot calling the kettle black.
  • I know it's like the pot calling the kettle black, but in fairness, when you are a smoker, you do not realise the discomfort you put other people through by smoking in public and polluting their air with your smoke.

pot of gold

see gold.

shit (or piss) or get off the pot

vulgar slang Used to convey that someone should stop wasting time and get on with something.

Derivatives

potful

Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural potfuls)
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  • A large bowl of steaming couscous was served with a huge potful of some kind of tender chicken stew with vegetables and chickpeas in a thin spicy gravy.
  • Prize for the fastest germination goes to a potful of crimson clover, which came up less than 48 hours after sowing!
  • After a few hours you have a potful of cool water rich in the medicinal value of these herbs.

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There are 4 main definitions of pot in English:

pot2

Syllabification: pot
Pronunciation: /pät
 
/

noun

informal
Cannabis.
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  • The model here is the Dutch program of allowing users to smoke pot in licensed cannabis shops.
  • When are we going to catch up with other countries and realise that smoking a bit of pot is not going to turn us all into cocaine addicts.
  • In an atmosphere of ecstasy, pot smoking and cocaine line drug taking the evening gets out of hand.

Origin

1930s: probably from Mexican Spanish potiguaya 'cannabis leaves'.

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noun

1A shot aimed at someone or something; a potshot: my friends had a pot at the occasional rabbit
2(Chiefly in rugby) an attempt to score a goal with a kick.

verb (pots, potting, potted)

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Score (a goal): the English Lion potted two penalties of his own

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