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pot

noun uk   /pɒt/  us   /pɑːt/

pot noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [C] any of various types of container, usually round, especially one used for cooking food: Fill a large pot with salted water and bring it to the boil. There's plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen for all your pots and pans.
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B1 [C] mainly UK any of different types of containers, with or without a lid, especially for storing food or liquids: a pot of cream/jam/paint/inkB1 [C] a flowerpot : a terracotta plant pot Most lilies grow well in pots. [C] the amount that is contained inside a pot: I've just drunk a whole pot of tea! She'd made a large pot of chicken soup. [C] used in combination to refer to a container of a stated type: a coffee pot a flowerpot a teapot [C] a dish, bowl, etc. made by hand out of claypots of sth a large amount of something: She's got pots of money (= she's very rich).
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pot noun (TOILET)

[C] a potty (= bowl used by children as a toilet)

pot noun (DRUG)

[U] US slang or UK slang →  cannabis : a pot smoker

pot noun (STOMACH)

[C usually singular] mainly humorous a potbelly

pot noun (BAD STATE)

go to pot informal to be damaged or spoiled because people are not working hard on it or caring for it: I'm afraid I've let the garden go to pot this summer.

pot noun (HIT BALL)

[C] UK an act of hitting a ball into a hole, especially in games such as snooker: Dawson made a difficult pot look very easy.

pot

verb uk   /pɒt/  us   /pɑːt/ (-tt-)

pot verb (SHOOT)

[I or T] mainly UK to shoot birds or small animals for food, or to shoot (at) them without taking careful aim: He strolled through the fields, potting (at) the occasional rabbit.

pot verb (HIT BALL)

[T] UK in games such as snooker, to hit a ball so that it falls into one of the holes at the edge of the table

pot verb (PUT IN CONTAINER)

[T] to put a plant into a container to grow: I'm just going to pot (up) these seedlings.
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