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

Officials are citing a worrisome increase in methamphetamine trafficking and related deaths around the U.S., tempering otherwise hopeful signs that overall drug-overdose fatalities are finally leveling off. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Methamphetamine Is Flooding Into U.S., Drug Officials Say," 17 Mar. 2019 Following her overdose, Demi received treatment at a rehabilitation center. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato Opens Up About Sobriety Journey on Instagram," 16 Mar. 2019 People reports that the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that a death investigation took place on Sunday for possible alcohol overdose. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Has Died at 52," 4 Feb. 2019 As the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) explains, alcohol overdose doesn’t just mean someone is too drunk. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 There is no precedent for someone going on a violent crime spree because of marijuana use, or of a person experiencing a THC overdose. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Fox News warns about THC gummies “ruining families” and “killing” Americans “every day.”," 3 Dec. 2018 The packaging mistake could potentially cause a dangerous overdose. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Check If Your Children’s Advil Was Recalled," 28 Aug. 2018 If there’s no response, the staffer will release the door lock and come in, ready to administer anti-overdose medication. Washington Post, "‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses," 13 July 2018 The city will require operators to get licensed, employ 24/7 house managers on the premises, have the overdose medication Narcan on site, set up a screening process for residents and have a good neighbor policy. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Waiting for state sober living home rules, cities add their own restrictions," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Grubb overdosed and died that night, the Detroit News reported. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "House advances dozens of bills to combat nation's opioid crisis," 19 June 2018 Five people died in the Town of Bel Air in 2017 from a heroin or opioid overdose; 28 people overdosed and survived, Moore said. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Black Balloon Day draws attention to heroin, opioid epidemic to spur conversation," 8 Mar. 2018 She was sent to the hospital early last week after overdosing on an unknown drug. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Demi Lovato Has Reportedly Agreed to Go to Rehab After Being Released from the Hospital," 3 Aug. 2018 At 17, Halsey herself was diagnosed as bipolar after attempting suicide by overdosing on painkillers. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "How Did Halsey Get Here?," 13 July 2018 Days later, Josh swallowed a handful of prescription pills, overdosed and died. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 Isabelle's father overdosed and died on Christmas Eve, just a month before the girl was born. Justin Jouvenal, chicagotribune.com, "This central Illinois prison is allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment a good idea?," 11 May 2018 Kilmartin had once attempted to kill himself by overdosing on medication and drinking antifreeze, and depression and mental illness continued to follow him, Merrill said. Washington Post, "Lawyers argue over proper sentence for cyanide mailer," 27 Apr. 2018 Her son, Corey Merrill, overdosed on heroin at 23 years old in 2011, just as the crisis was turning into catastrophe. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019

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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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overdose

noun

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

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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