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

It was not lost on him that someone, possibly just like him, sold drugs to his mom that resulted in her overdose. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Reputed Latin King gets 6 years for dealing fentanyl in Hartford," 11 Sep. 2019 His son died of an OxyContin overdose at 18 in 2001. Washington Post, "‘Blood money’? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales," 17 Sep. 2019 And many first responders across the country now are equipped with overdose medication that has saved thousands of lives. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Would you support an opioid addiction treatment center in your neighborhood? Drug crisis calls for real solutions.," 16 Sep. 2019 Paramedics had given him naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdose. Wired, "A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn't Kill You First," 15 Sep. 2019 Police gave the man Narcan, a heroin-overdose antidote, and the man revived. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Pit bull attacks dog out for walk: Brook Park Police Blotter," 13 Sep. 2019 Maryland and more than two dozen cities and counties in the state have sued opioid makers, distributors and others over the mounting overdose fatalities and costs associated with treatment and prevention. baltimoresun.com, "OxyContin maker reaches tentative settlement in federal opioid crisis lawsuit," 11 Sep. 2019 The deputies remained at the scene to investigate what caused the triple overdose. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "On 9/11 anniversary, Florida Attorney General honors Seminole deputies for saving lives in triple overdose," 11 Sep. 2019 But for all of its muted glory, the Marmont hasn’t quite overcome its early-’80s, headline-grabbing tragedy: John Belushi’s death by overdose in one of the bungalows. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "These stories explain L.A.'s dazzling rise," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Every day, more than 130 people die after overdosing on opioids in America, added Mathes. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Hospital hosts Crush the Crisis to collect opiods," 16 Sep. 2019 It's estimated that every day more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Purdue Pharma and attorneys for thousands of opioids cases have a preliminary proposed settlement," 11 Sep. 2019 On Wednesday, the Carroll County Health Department issued an overdose alert due to reports of multiple people overdosing in a 24-hour period, something health officials have said usually indicates at least four overdoses have occurred. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Drug, alcohol overdoses in Carroll County continue downward year-over-year trend, data show," 7 Sep. 2019 Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died after accidentally overdosing on a mixture of the painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone as well as alcohol, according to an autopsy report released on Friday. Fox News, "Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose: coroner," 30 Aug. 2019 Lawyers for the company said the trust’s value would include more than $4 billion in drugs that would be provided to areas across the country, some of which are used to prevent people overdosing from dying, NBC News said. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Purdue Pharma discussing settling opioid lawsuits for up to $12 billion, reports say," 27 Aug. 2019 Deborah Woolford walked to the front of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on Sunday and rolled up her sleeve to learn firsthand how to treat someone overdosing on opioids. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Brown Memorial Presbyterian hosts naloxone tutorial in church," 18 Mar. 2018 Buy Photo Emergency rooms around the country saw a spike in patients overdosing on opioids last year, according to data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and released Tuesday. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "Opioid overdoses sending more people to ER's, especially in Pennsylvania, Delaware," 6 Mar. 2018 Few are dying as fast as those who overdose on opioids. Terry Demio, USA TODAY, "Plagued with addictions: Opioid treatment not enough so he became a 'garbage can' for drugs," 15 Sep. 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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