Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

overdose

play
noun over·dose \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs\

Simple Definition of overdose

  • : an amount of a drug or medicine that is too much and usually dangerous

  • : an amount of something that is too much

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overdose

  1. 1 :  too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent); also :  a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)

  2. 2 :  an excessive quantity or amount <an overdose of fun>

overdosage play \ˌō-vər-ˈdō-sij\ noun

Examples of overdose in a sentence

  1. She died from a cocaine overdose.



1700

First Known Use of overdose

1700


2

overdose

play
verb over·dose \ˌō-vər-ˈdōs\

Simple Definition of overdose

  • : to take too much of a drug or medicine : to take an overdose of a drug or medicine

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of overdose

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give an overdose or too many doses to

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take or experience an overdose —usually used with on

1700

First Known Use of overdose

1700


OVERDOSE Defined for Kids

overdose

play
noun over·dose \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs\

Definition of overdose for Students

  1. :  too large a dose (as of a drug)




Learn More about overdose


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up overdose? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the Celtic May Day festival

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry prompt oily maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ