American English

Definition of pot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    for cooking
  1. 1[countable] a deep round container used for cooking things in pots and pans
  2. container
  3. 2[countable] (especially in compounds) a container of various kinds, made for a particular purpose a coffee pot a teapot Is there any more coffee in the pot? see also chamber pot, flowerpot, lobster pot, melting pot, potted
  4. 3[countable] the amount contained in a pot They drank a pot of coffee.
  5. 4[countable] a bowl, etc. that is made by a potter
  6. money
  7. 5the pot [singular] the total amount of money that is bet in a card game
  8. 6the pot [singular] all the money given by a group of people in order to do something together, for example to buy food see also kitty
  9. drug
  10. 7[uncountable] (informal) = marijuana
  11. shot
  12. 8[countable] = potshot He took a pot at the neighbour's cat with his air rifle.
  13. stomach
  14. 9[countable] (informal) a large stomach that sticks out; a potbelly
  15. toilet
  16. 10the pot [singular] (informal) a toilet
  17. see also potluckIdioms
    a crock/pot of gold
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    a large prize or reward that someone hopes for but is unlikely to get
    go to pot (informal)
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    to be spoiled because people are not working hard or taking care of things
    the pot calling the kettle black (saying) (informal)
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    used to say that you should not criticize someone for a fault that you have yourself
    a watched pot never boils (saying)
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    used to say that when you are impatient for something to happen, time seems to pass very slowly
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pot