1. The act of drinking.
2. A drink, especially of an alcoholic beverage.
[Middle English potacion
Old French, from
Latin pōtātiō, pōtātiōn-
, a drinking party, from pōtātus
, past participle of pōtāre
, to drink, from pōtus
, a drink; see pō(i)- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots
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