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Inflections of 'pot' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
pots
v 3rd person singular
potting
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
potted
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
potted
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pot1 /pɑt/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  pot•ted, pot•ting. 
n. [countable]
  1. a container made of baked clay, metal, etc., used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
  2. such a container with its contents:a pot of stew.
  3. flowerpot.
  4. a container of liquor or other drink:a pot of ale.
  5. chamber pot.
  6. Slang Terms a large sum of money:[usually singular]He inherited quite a pot when she died.
  7. all the money bet at a single time;
    pool:He put all his winnings in the pot for one last game.
  8. Slang Termspotbelly:He'd developed quite a pot drinking all that beer.

v. 
  1. to put or transplant into a pot:[+ object]to pot a plant.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsgo to pot, [no object] to become ruined;
    get worse;
    deteriorate:The whole city seems to be going to pot.

pot•ful, n.[countable]pl.  -fuls. 

pot2 /pɑt/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Drugs, Slang Terms[Slang.]marijuana.

-pot-, root. 
  1. -pot- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "power;
    ability.'' This meaning is found in such words as: impotence, impotent, omnipotent, plenipotentiary, potency, potent, potential.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pot1  (pot),USA pronunciation n., v.,  pot•ted, pot•ting. 
n. 
  1. a container of earthenware, metal, etc., usually round and deep and having a handle or handles and often a lid, used for cooking, serving, and other purposes.
  2. such a container with its contents:a pot of stew.
  3. the amount contained in or held by a pot;
    potful.
  4. a flowerpot.
  5. a container of liquor or other drink:a pot of ale.
  6. liquor or other drink.
  7. Botanya cagelike vessel for trapping fish, lobsters, eels, etc., typically made of wood, wicker, or wire. Cf.  lobster pot. 
  8. a chamber pot.
  9. Metallurgy
    • a vessel for melting metal;
      melting pot.
    • an electrolytic cell for reducing certain metals, as aluminum, from fused salts.
  10. British Terms
    • See  chimney pot. 
    • [Dial.]a basket or box used for carrying provisions or the like;
      a pannier.
  11. Slang Termsa large sum of money.
  12. all the money bet at a single time;
    pool.
  13. British Terms(in horse racing) the favorite.
  14. See  potshot. 
  15. Weights and Measuresa liquid measure, usually equal to a pint or quart.
  16. [Armor.]
    • an open, broad-brimmed helmet of the 17th century.
    • any open helmet.
  17. Slang Termsa potbelly.
  18. Idiomsgo to pot, to become ruined;
    deteriorate:With no one to care for it, the lovely old garden went to pot.
  19. Idiomssweeten the pot. See  sweeten (def. 8).

v.t. 
  1. to put into a pot.
  2. to preserve (food) in a pot.
  3. to cook in a pot.
  4. to transplant into a pot:We must pot the petunias.
  5. Sport[Hunting.]
    • to shoot (game birds) on the ground or water, or (game animals) at rest, instead of in flight or running:He can't even pot a sitting duck.
    • to shoot for food, not for sport.
  6. Informal Termsto capture, secure, or win.

v.i. 
  1. Informal Termsto take a potshot;
    shoot.
potlike′, adj. 
  • 1150–1200; Middle English pott (see potter1); cognate with Dutch, Low German pot (perh. French pot)

pot2  (pot),USA pronunciation n. [Slang.]
  1. Drugs, Slang Termsmarijuana.
  • said to be a shortening of Mexican Spanish potiguaya or potaguaya, apparently contraction of potación de guaya wine or brandy in which marijuana buds have been steeped (literally, drink of grief ) 1935–40, American.

pot3  (pot),USA pronunciation n. [Scot. and North Eng.]
  1. Scottish Termsa deep hole;
    pit.
  • 1325–75; Middle English; perh. identical with pot1

pot., [Elect.]
  1. Electricitypotential.
  2. Electricitypotentiometer.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pot /pɒt/ n
  1. a container made of earthenware, glass, or similar material; usually round and deep, often having a handle and lid, used for cooking and other domestic purposes
  2. short for flowerpot, teapot
  3. the amount that a pot will hold; potful
  4. a chamber pot, esp a small one designed for a baby or toddler
  5. a handmade piece of pottery
  6. a large mug or tankard, as for beer
  7. Austral any of various measures used for serving beer
  8. informal a cup or trophy, esp of silver, awarded as a prize in a competition
  9. the money or stakes in the pool in gambling games, esp poker
  10. (often plural) informal a large amount, esp of money
  11. See potbelly
  12. go to potto go to ruin; deteriorate
vb (pots, potting, potted)(mainly tr)
  1. to put or preserve (goods, meat, etc) in a pot
  2. to shoot (game) for food rather than for sport
  3. (also intr) to shoot casually or without careful aim at (an animal, etc)
  4. (also intr) to shape clay as a potter
  5. to pocket (a ball)
  6. informal to capture or win; secure
Etymology: Late Old English pott, from Medieval Latin pottus (unattested), perhaps from Latin pōtus a drink; compare Middle Low German pot, Old Norse pottr
pot /pɒt/ n
  1. slang cannabis used as a drug in any form, such as leaves (marijuana or hemp) or resin (hashish)
Etymology: 20th Century: perhaps shortened from Mexican Indian potiguaya
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