antidote

noun
an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈan-ti-ˌdōt How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Definition of antidote

1 : a remedy to counteract the effects of poison needed the antidote for the snake's venom
2 : something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts an antidote to boredom

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antidote transitive verb

Examples of antidote in a Sentence

There is no antidote to this poison. For him, racing motorcycles is a great antidote to boredom.

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Several doses of naloxone, an antidote for narcotic overdoses, were administered to some victims but didn't appear to be effective. Frank Miles, Fox News, "More than 30 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror," 15 Aug. 2018 Burke will provide training in the use of Narcan, an opioid antidote, but registration is required. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County summit to address opioid problem for 7th year," 10 May 2018 The law also allowed for pharmacies to sell naloxene without a prescription, which can give friends and family who have the antidote on hand a lifesaving tool while emergency medical services are on their way. Krista Torralva, San Antonio Express-News, "Training on opioid antidote expanding in S.A.," 31 May 2018 Despite the high-tech, ultramodern aesthetic—and as a kind of antidote to it—the couple also wanted to embrace their love of outdoors and the home’s rural setting. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "A Silicon Valley Retreat Where ‘Star Trek’ Meets ‘Star Wars’," 6 Dec. 2018 Secondly, as a uniquely open service, Twitter is a vital source of real-time antidote to day-to-day falsehoods. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s head of public policy is supporting the Kavanaugh nomination, and some employees are livid," 5 Oct. 2018 Baez steps into the midsummer showcase as one of the possible antidotes for the game’s troubling lack of action. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "El Mago: Javier Baez's flair is just what baseball needs," 12 July 2018 Since 2009 Welsh jails have been giving departing prisoners Naloxone, an antidote for overdose, to curb this effect. The Economist, "Welsh prisons are much harsher than England’s on opioid treatment," 12 July 2018 Laughter yoga is an excellent antidote to loneliness. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Stressed? Join These Seven As They Laugh It Away At 'Yoga' Class," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of antidote

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for antidote

Middle English antidot, from Latin antidotum, from Greek antidotos, from feminine of antidotos given as an antidote, from antididonai to give as an antidote, from anti- + didonai to give — more at date

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antidote

noun

English Language Learners Definition of antidote

: a substance that stops the harmful effects of a poison
: something that corrects or improves the bad effects of something

antidote

noun
an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈan-ti-ˌdōt How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Kids Definition of antidote

: something used to reverse or prevent the action of a poison

antidote

noun
an·​ti·​dote | \ ˈant-i-ˌdōt How to pronounce antidote (audio) \

Medical Definition of antidote

: a remedy that counteracts the effects of poison

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