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

Other Words from overdose

Noun

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

Examples of overdose in a Sentence

Noun She died from a cocaine overdose.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun California Department of Public Health preliminary data show that California had 3,857 deaths related to a fentanyl overdose in 2020 compared to 239 in 2016. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Marcie Lewis of Huntsville lost her sister to an overdose. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Jones did not say how investigators linked Williams to the overdose and his arrest report also did not say. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Aug. 2021 Cordova Kramer, then a producer at Crooked Media, had also lost a brother to an overdose. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Just before the coronavirus pandemic threw most of the world into a series of lockdowns, Andre Middleton lost an uncle to an overdose. oregonlive, 17 May 2021 The numbers released on Wednesday show an increase over the number of drug overdose deaths reported during the 12-month period ending in February, but deaths have risen slightly slower. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 From January through April of this year, the state recorded 206 opioid overdose deaths, according to preliminary figures from the Oregon Health Authority. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2021 In 2019, cocaine was involved in more than half of New York City's total overdose deaths, according to New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 2 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb How can overdose deaths be addressed while the pandemic is still ongoing and resources are still stretched thin? Kirsi Goldynia, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Science shows medications work to prevent overdose and save lives, Volkow said. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 17 Nov. 2021 Even though city leaders invested $13.2 million in new and expanded overdose prevention programs this year, officials are still grappling with how to curb a crisis that is killing nearly two people a day. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2021 Authorities have charged two Florida parents in connection to their 2-year-old daughter's fentanyl overdose death. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, science has yet to record a single death attributable solely to cannabis overdose. Chris Roberts, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 The most common overdose incidents among children involve ingestion of edible cannabis foods, according to the Department of Homeland Security, and such overdoses are on the rise. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 30 Oct. 2021 Where those performers go back many decades, Houston sold out arenas this century, and her overdose death in a room at the Beverly Hilton that tragic Grammys weekend in February 2012 is still a fresh wound. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Widespread in Canada and Europe, the sites are credited with saving many thousands of lives of people who accidentally overdose; no one has ever died in one of the oldest and best-known supervised sites in Vancouver. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdose. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for overdose

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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