overdose

noun
over·​dose | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs How to pronounce overdose (audio) \

Definition of overdose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent) also : a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)
2 : an excessive quantity or amount an overdose of fun

overdose

verb
over·​dose | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdōs How to pronounce overdose (audio) \
overdosed; overdosing; overdoses

Definition of overdose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give an overdose or too many doses to

intransitive verb

: to take or experience an overdose usually used with on

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Other Words from overdose

Noun

overdosage \ ˌō-​vər-​ˈdō-​sij How to pronounce overdosage (audio) \ noun

Examples of overdose in a Sentence

Noun She died from a cocaine overdose.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Family members and friends often treat victims with naloxone (brand-name Narcan), which is designed to quickly reverse an opioid overdose. Penelope Blackwell, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County sees spike in heroin and opioid-related overdoses," 9 Nov. 2020 It is soon revealed that after Nana’s overdose and death, her mother fell into a deep depression, and started to abuse sleeping pills. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "Yaa Gyasi Versus the Identity Trap," 6 Nov. 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 1999 and 2018 almost 450,000 people died from an overdose involving an opioid. Star Tribune, "Small win in ongoing opioid crisis," 5 Nov. 2020 Randall’s mother Laurel is unconscious — or worse — from an overdose. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, "This Is Us premiere recap: Hindsight is 2020 in 'Forty'," 28 Oct. 2020 The two brothers were found dead recently in an Auburn Hills hotel room from an overdose. Freep.com, "Brothers were accidental casualties of the coronavirus crisis," 25 Oct. 2020 The most significant of these are the death of his mother by drug overdose and his broken relationship with an absentee father, aging rock star Jonny Rokeby. Bill Sheehan, Washington Post, "J.K. Rowling’s ‘Troubled Blood’ is her most ambitious Robert Galbraith novel yet — and likely the most divisive," 17 Sep. 2020 Mary Kief with a photo of her son, Benjamin Kief, who died of an opioid overdose in West Chester, Pa., in April. WSJ, "Photos of the Week: Sept. 7-13, 2020," 13 Sep. 2020 Some of her students have lost parents to suicide, drug overdose or disease. Suzanne Hirt, USA TODAY, "A farewell to arts? Teachers fear coronavirus budget cuts may target art, music classes," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 231 drug overdose deaths last year have already been exceeded by the 244 this year. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "New Orleans DA, coroner, public defender fret at steep budget cuts for 2021," 11 Nov. 2020 The data was compared to overdose death rates in 2015 and 2016, the last two years of the Obama administration. Farnoush Amiri And Geoff Mulvihill, Detroit Free Press, "Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in 2020 presidential race," 25 Oct. 2020 The data was compared to overdose death rates in 2015 and 2016, the last two years of the Obama administration. Star Tribune, "Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race," 21 Oct. 2020 Police and fire units were called to the scene of a possible drug overdose at 8:31 p.m. Aug. 21. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Driver cited for firearms violation after traffic stop: Avon Police Blotter," 7 Sep. 2020 Organizers will read names of some of those lost to overdose in Connecticut during a candlelight vigil. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 21 Aug. 2020 Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times stronger than morphine and has been responsible for a growing number of U.S. overdose deaths each year. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Mother charged with murder after 2-year-old son dies of fentanyl overdose," 6 Nov. 2020 Robert Worth Bingham IV reported for The New Yorker and died in 1999 of an apparent drug overdose at age 33. Keith L. Runyon, The Courier-Journal, "Renowned publisher Joan Bingham of Louisville's Bingham dynasty dies at age 85," 4 Nov. 2020 Throughout the two-part premiere, viewers learned more about William's girlfriend, Laurel (Jennifer C. Holmes), who supposedly died of a drug overdose after giving birth to Randall. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "This Is Us creator breaks down that gasp-inducing premiere twist," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of overdose

Noun

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of overdose was in 1700

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Cite this Entry

“Overdose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdose. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for overdose

overdose

noun
How to pronounce overdose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of overdose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

overdose

verb
How to pronounce overdose (audio)

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

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

overdose

noun
over·​dose | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs How to pronounce overdose (audio) \

Kids Definition of overdose

: too large a dose (as of a drug)

overdose

noun
over·​dose | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs How to pronounce overdose (audio) \

Medical Definition of overdose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent) an overdose of exposure to the sun— Morris Fishbein also : a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)

overdose

verb
over·​dose | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdōs How to pronounce overdose (audio) \
overdosed; overdosing

Medical Definition of overdose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give an overdose or too many doses to

intransitive verb

: to take or experience an overdose usually used with on

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