1. drinking: the act or an instance of drinking
2. alcoholic drink: a drink, especially an alcoholic drink
[15th century. Directly or via French< Latin potation-< potare "to drink" (see potion)]
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Bob sashayed up to the bar and addressed the barkeep, "Pardon me, proprietor, please prepare me a particularly powerful potation; I'm parched. Pal, perchance you would partake; I will provide prerequisite pecuniary particulars?"
Bob gets thrown out of more bars than anyone he knows; he really doesn't mean to spit at the bartenders.