overdose

noun
over·dose | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

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 \
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 \ noun

Examples of overdose in a Sentence

Noun

She died from a cocaine overdose.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

First responders administered Narcan, an antidote commonly used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Julian Gill And Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston police officer hospitalized after drug exposure," 11 July 2018 Image An estimated 115 Americans die every day of opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York Times, "A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time," 10 July 2018 Drew said in 2017, there were 17 people who died of an opioid overdose in Middletown. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Becomes Latest Town To Sue Drug Companies," 6 July 2018 Investigators said Mooney struggled with an addiction to heroin, and was found dead of an overdose in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood hours after attacking the couple. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Families of young couple slain in Bucks County form memorial foundation," 5 July 2018 The sergeant, realizing that his partner was likely suffering from an exposure, administered two doses of Narcan — a nasal spray designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Two Alameda County sheriff’s investigators survive potentially lethal fentanyl exposure," 26 June 2018 Ten days after the July 13 interview, Gaffney, 28, died of an overdose of a fentanyl combination. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Enquirer uses Pulitzer Prize money to open memorial fund for Stephanie Gaffney's baby," 26 June 2018 Penton died in February 2015 of an overdose, and Liszka was charged with supplying the heroin that Penton took. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Man convicted of drug-induced homicide 'mortified' by role in overdose death," 26 June 2018 The video is especially moving given that Lil Peep, the 21-year-old Long Islander born Gustav Åhr, died of an overdose a few months after it was filmed. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018

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Stronger drugs on the streets these days such as fentanyl mean that more people who overdose may require multiple doses of naloxone to revive them. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The surgeon general wants more of us to carry naloxone. Here's where to get it free," 5 May 2018 For example, one recent study found about 90 percent of patients who have overdosed continues to get opioid prescriptions from their physicians. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Opioids Kill," 8 Jan. 2018 On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that 20 crack cocaine users had overdosed during the preceding 10 days. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "$1.7M in fentanyl from China detected by drug-sniffing dog at Philadelphia port," 1 July 2018 If someone overdoses at one of more than 90 such locations in Europe and elsewhere, a health worker or other first responder quickly administers an antidote. The Editors, Scientific American, "Addicts Should Be Able to Shoot Up Legally in Safe-Injection Facilities," 27 June 2018 The driver was slumped over, unconscious, having overdosed on opiates. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Injured officer got award for stopping runaway truck, records show," 21 June 2018 The abrupt split starts a dizzying on-again, off-again situation, which soon leads to the dad-to-be both selling opioids to provide for his family and eventually overdosing on said opioids, leaving him hospitalized. refinery29.com, "Let's Put Some Respect On Liberty Van Zandt's Name, Degrassi Fans," 15 June 2018 The blood-chilling screams that pierce quiet suburban life when someone inside the home is discovered, overdosing. OregonLive.com, "$30,000 loan by state of Oregon keeps flophouse open," 13 June 2018 That is more than three times the 237 people who died from fentanyl overdoses in 2016, and nine times the 81 who died from overdosing on the drug in 2013. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "California orders opioid overdose antidote naloxone available without prescription," 8 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of overdose

: too large a dose (as of a drug)

overdose

noun
over·dose | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

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 \
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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