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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Here's what to watch for: Biden vs. Sanders One candidate has painted themselves as the standard-bearer of Democratic ideals and the best antidote to a second term by President Donald Trump. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Biden vs. Sanders and other things to watch in the first Democratic debates," 14 June 2019 What really matters is that this crisp wheat ale is a perfect antidote to sweating your ass off while mowing the lawn. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019 Riskin was a quietly humorous, loving man, the perfect antidote to the nervous narcissism of Saunders and Odets. Scott Eyman, WSJ, "‘Fay Wray and Robert Riskin’ Review: Love Lines," 22 Feb. 2019 Kendall Jenner seems to have the perfect antidote for all of those summer footwear woes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Flaunts Chanel’s Must-Have Pool Slides in Cannes," 24 May 2019 Outlook: Uruguay may provide the perfect antidote to France’s punishing offense. Owen Pence,, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 And its antidote is simple: An hour with Dr. Vranich. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "You’re Breathing All Wrong—Here’s How To Do It Right," 21 Mar. 2018 Trained health-care workers are also available to administer opioid antidotes if users exhibit signs of an overdose, and can also offer information about long-term treatment. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Supervised injection facilities are illegal in the United States. These cities want to open them anyway.," 30 Apr. 2018 All 489 Wisconsin State Patrol officers are now trained and equipped to administer the life-saving opioid antidote Narcan. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin State Patrol troopers now equipped to administer Narcan," 21 Jan. 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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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


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


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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