pot Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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potnoun [C]

 us   /pɑt/

pot noun [C] (CONTAINER)

a round ​container used for ​cooking, ​serving, ​storing, and other ​purposes: a ​clay/​brass pot a ​flower pot We need ​space for ​our pots and ​pans. A pot is also the ​substancecontained in a pot: The pot was ​simmering. He made a new pot of ​coffee.

pot noun [C] (AMOUNT)

infml a ​largeamount, esp. of ​money: There are pots of ​moneyinvolved in this ​deal. infml A pot is also all the ​money being risked at a ​singletime in a ​cardgame.

potverb [T]

 us   /pɑt/ (-tt-)

pot verb [T] (CONTAIN)

to put a ​plant into a pot: We should be potting the ​roses.
(Definition of pot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pot" in British English

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uk   /pɒt/  us   /pɑːt/

pot noun (CONTAINER)

B1 [C] any of ​varioustypes of ​container, usually round, ​especially one used for ​cookingfood: Fill a ​large pot with ​saltedwater and ​bring it to the ​boil. There's plenty of ​cupboardspace 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 ​storingfood or ​liquids: a pot of ​cream/​jam/​paint/​inkB1 [C] a flowerpot : a ​terracotta plant pot Most ​liliesgrow 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 ​chickensoup. [C] used in ​combination to refer to a ​container of a ​statedtype: a ​coffee pot a ​flowerpot a ​teapot a ​cooking pot [C] a ​dish, ​bowl, etc. made by ​hand out of ​claypots of sth a ​largeamount 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.


uk   /pɒt/  us   /pɑːt/ (-tt-)

pot verb (SHOOT)

[I or T] mainly UK to ​shootbirds or ​smallanimals for ​food, or to ​shoot (at) them without taking ​carefulaim: He ​strolled through the ​fields, potting (at) the ​occasionalrabbit.

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


[T] to put a ​plant into a ​container to ​grow: I'm just going to pot (up) these ​seedlings.
(Definition of pot from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pot" in Business English

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potnoun [C]

uk   us   /pɒt/ FINANCE
an ​amount of ​moneyavailable for something: in the pot This could ​mean an ​extra £10,000 in the pot compared to a traditional ​pension.a pot of sth The new ​cash will be ​added to a pot of $200 million in ​federalgrants. He ​cautioned that the ​center only has a ​small pot of ​moneyallocated to it. a bonus/​pension/​prize pot
(Definition of pot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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