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verb [transitive] pot pronunciation in American English /pɑt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepotting
past tensepotted
past participlepotted
  1. 1
    if you pot a plant, you put it in a container with soil so that it will grow there
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  2. 3
    to shoot and kill an animal
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  3. 4
    to hit a ball into a hole in a game of pool or billiards


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spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

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