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"poison" in British English

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poisonnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈpɔɪ.zən/
B2 a ​substance that can make ​people or ​animalsill or ​kill them if they ​eat or ​drink it: The ​pestcontrolofficer put ​bowls of ​rat poison in the ​attic. Her ​drink had been ​laced with a deadly poison.

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poisonverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpɔɪ.zən/
  • poison verb [T] (ADD SUBSTANCE)

B2 to ​kill a ​person or ​animal or to make them very ​ill by giving them poison: Four ​members of the ​family had been poisoned, but not ​fatally.B2 to put poison in someone's ​food or ​drink: He said that someone had poisoned his ​coffee.B2 to ​adddangerouschemicals or other ​harmfulsubstances to something such as ​water or ​air: The ​chemicalleak had poisoned the ​watersupply.
(Definition of poison from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"poison" in American English

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poisonnoun

 us   /ˈpɔɪ·zən/
  • poison noun (SUBSTANCE)

[C/U] a ​substance that ​causesillness or ​death if ​swallowed, ​absorbed, or breathed into the ​body: [U] poison ​gas [C] Some ​cleaningproducts are poisons. [U] He ​sprayed the ​weeds with poison.
poisonous
adjective  us   /ˈpɔɪ·zə·nəs/
The ​mushrooms they ​picked were poisonous.

poisonverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɔɪ·zən/
  • poison verb [T] (CAUSE HARM)

to ​causeseriousharm to something: Jealousy poisoned ​ourrelationship. I don’t ​see why you ​think TV poisons people’s ​minds (= ​influences them in a ​bad way).
  • poison verb [T] (SUBSTANCE)

to ​cause a ​person or ​animal to take in poison, or to ​add poison to ​food or a ​liquid: He ​thinks someone is ​trying to poison him. Her ​tea was poisoned.
(Definition of poison from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “poison”
in Korean 독약…
in Arabic سَمّ…
in Malaysian racun…
in French poison…
in Russian яд…
in Chinese (Traditional) 毒, 毒藥,毒物…
in Italian veleno…
in Turkish zehir…
in Polish trucizna…
in Spanish veneno…
in Vietnamese chất độc…
in Portuguese veneno…
in Thai ยาพิษ…
in German das Gift, Gift-……
in Catalan verí…
in Japanese 毒, 毒薬…
in Chinese (Simplified) 毒, 毒药,毒物…
in Indonesian racun…
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