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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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 People dealing with the epidemic say deaths would be even higher without the antidote. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 Several members of the Long Beach Fire Department reportedly had to be revived with the opioid antidote Narcan after overdosing at an after-hours post-wedding party Sunday. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Long Beach Fire Department investigating after several members treated for overdose at wedding, report says," 28 Aug. 2018 The village also wants to make the antidote widely available in schools and private businesses, similar to how defibrillators are placed in common areas. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "To combat opioid crisis, suburb will have overdose-reversing naloxone available in public places," 22 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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