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

To this point, no one has ever died of an overdose at a prescription heroin site. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 Just a few months after Ariana and Mac broke up, the rapper died of an apparent overdose. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Hidden Signs That Predicted Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s Breakup," 15 Oct. 2018 Earlier this month, Grande's ex-boyfriend and longtime friend Mac Miller died of apparent overdose. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande Says Wants to Go on Tour, But That the Idea Is "Scary" Right Now," 29 Sep. 2018 Authorities say a man living at Cher's home in Malibu, California, has been arrested on suspicion of providing fentanyl to someone who died of an overdose. Fox News, "Man living at Cher's house held in relation to overdose death," 28 Sep. 2018 But Dennis Shields, with whom Frankel was in an on-off relationship, is found dead of an apparent overdose later in the summer, and the trip is postponed. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Instead of targeting those most at risk of overdose, the mandate would needlessly exacerbate suffering for thousands of patients. Sally Satel And, WSJ, "Oregon Overshoots on Opioids," 16 Aug. 2018 Naloxone, otherwise known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication used in the event of an overdose to save a person’s life. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Stop a Heroin Overdose," 26 July 2018 Harm reduction approaches, such as needle exchanges and more distribution of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone, would also help. German Lopez, Vox, "Drug overdose deaths were so bad in 2017, they reduced overall life expectancy," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some people even overdose in line, while waiting to get into the detox facility, Carlson said. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Despite opioid crisis, Louisiana may cut drug treatment options," 8 May 2018 Last year, 209 people overdosed there, more than anywhere else in the city. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Port Richmond makeup artist readies overdose victims for their 'last goodbye' | Mike Newall," 29 June 2018 Five people overdosed, one fatally, in Lynn during the course of a few hours Tuesday afternoon, and police are investigating the source of the drugs, a department spokesman said. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Lynn police investigate after five people overdosed, one fatally, on Tuesday afternoon," 27 June 2018 The signs were obvious to National City police officers: the man lying unresponsive in his home was overdosing on heroin. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Use of drug that reverses overdoses to expand to police, school campuses," 11 June 2018 Recent victims included a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution and overdosed on drugs given to her by alleged traffickers, according to MBI. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Backpage.com faces expanded lawsuit from anti-sex-trafficking group," 9 May 2018 In eight years, a few people have overdosed but all have been rescued, VOCAL says. Washington Post, "‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses," 13 July 2018 Some had overdosed when fentanyl wasn't available and they were mistakenly given the same amount of much stronger sufentanil. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 And while most children had overdosed on prescription opioids or illicit narcotics like heroin, a significant number of children under 6—about 20%—were treated for methadone overdoses. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "Childhood Opioid Overdoses Nearly Doubled In Last 10 Years," 5 Mar. 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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