dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time
b : the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed
2 : a portion of a substance added during a process
3 : an amount of something likened to a prescribed or measured quantity of medicine a daily dose of hard work a dose of scandal
4 : a gonorrheal infection

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a dose to especially : to give medicine to
2 : to divide into doses dose a medicine
3 : to treat with an application or agent

Examples of dose in a Sentence

Noun I've been taking the same dose for five years. a large dose of vitamin C The drug is lethal even in small doses. a large dose of sugar a high dose of radiation Her parents hoped a daily dose of hard work would keep her out of trouble. He needs a good dose of reality. Verb Most patients are dosed at 50 milligrams per day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The buck was given a low dose of tranquilizer, Tarbox said, delivered from a blowpipe. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Ensnared young buck rescued from certain death in Menlo Park," 12 Sep. 2019 For Real Madrid fans, the show will add an extra dose of interest, as the cameras go behind last season’s disastrous campaign and how their captain dealt with the pressure of restoring the club’s reputation. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Sergio Ramos Shows Off Another Side in His Amazon Docuseries," 11 Sep. 2019 The Buckeyes gave Fields a healthy dose of a moving pocket. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Ohio State Buckeyes flash their upside in blowout of Cincinnati," 7 Sep. 2019 Shop below and add a dose of grunge to your fall wardrobe! Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Add Some Grunge To Your Fall Look With These Fierce Boots," 3 Sep. 2019 Ariana Grande's been playing a lot with styling her signature ponytail, most recently adding a healthy dose of '60s-era flounce to it. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ariana Grande Just Dyed Her Hair the Sweetest Shade of Lavender," 5 Aug. 2019 After falling 4-1 on the road against New England Saturday, the Lions now sit seven points below the playoff line, adding an extra dose of pressure to Saturday’s match as the team returns home. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City hungry for win during home match against FC Dallas," 3 Aug. 2019 An actual cold front made it through the state on Tuesday, which is rare for July, and brought a dose of drier, cooler air along with it. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Is the weather too nice to be stuck behind a desk? Here’s an idea," 24 July 2019 Raunchy bars and mature terminology: Wang likes to inject a dose of zany levity into explaining poignant matters, such as the experience of negotiating multiple worlds as an immigrant. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When a Lie Becomes Your Breakout Film," 14 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The bottle automatically doses the right amount of detergent with one squeeze. Alden Wicker, Vox, "Could just-add-water products save us?," 30 July 2019 However, about 9% of children dosed with Palforzia during the trial had to stop the treatment because their allergic reactions were so severe. Nadia Kounang And Steve Almasy, CNN, "FDA takes major step toward approving first peanut allergy treatment," 13 Sep. 2019 Entertaining those that remained into Monday morning, of course, with enough crazy choreography to make any festival-goer surmise that those hand-out sandwiches may well have been dosed. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Woodstock at 50: The 12 Best Performances From the 1969 Festival," 14 Aug. 2019 Guests would purchase a sauce, which would be presented alongside the meal in a sealed container, open it themselves and dose appropriately. Maura Judkis, chicagotribune.com, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 22 Aug. 2019 Guests would purchase a sauce, which would be presented alongside the meal in a sealed container, open it themselves and dose appropriately. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 And weed is only one of Sherbinskis’ white-glove offerings, which now include high-end vaporizers, complex dab machines and farm-to-table foods dosed to specification. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Why Top Rappers Love Luxury Cannabis Concierge Mario Guzman," 27 June 2019 Meanwhile, her handlers maintain her creative stamina by giving her shady medication, a bit like military doctors dosing a fighter pilot with amphetamines or trainers doping a thoroughbred. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 Studying the technique in patients will give doctors clearer answers about dosing the therapy, as well as potential side effects. Time, "CRISPR Gene Editing Is Being Tested in Human Patients, and the Results Could Revolutionize Health Care," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dose

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dose

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek, literally, act of giving, from didonai to give — more at date

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dose

noun
How to pronounce dose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of a medicine, drug, or vitamin that is taken at one time
: an amount of a substance
: an amount of something that a person experiences

dose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a dose of medicine to (someone or something)
: to give an amount of a substance to (someone or something)
US : to add something to (something)

dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Kids Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a measured amount to be used at one time a dose of medicine

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Kids Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give medicine to

dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Medical Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time
b : the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed
2 : a gonorrheal infection

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Medical Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to divide (as a medicine) into doses
2 : to give a dose to especially : to give medicine to
3 : to treat with an application or agent

intransitive verb

: to take medicine he is forever dosing but he gets worse

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